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Water Finally Recedes In Germany

May 29, 2010 — Germany breathes a sigh of relief as signs the Oder river is returning to normal.

Water levels along the Oder river in central Europe are still unusually high.

The river that runs along the eastern border of Germany and neighbouring Poland has threatened to flood the land surround its banks.

While the water is very high, the river is holding steady and dykes along the river are keeping the water at bay.

On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Frankfurt which lies along the Oder. Just south of the city, water levels appear to be receding.

Merkel said that she can 'rest easier' knowing that 'everything is being done to protect the people against the forces of nature.'

German officials estimate the current water levels will remain well into the week. The high water is a result of heavy rain falling across central Europe over the last few weeks.

Areas of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary were hit hard by flooding.

In Poland

Polish police said Saturday that they have found the remains of 2 more people killed in flooding in that country. This discovery raises the death toll to 20.

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