Melting snow floods German rivers
10 January 2011, 14:04
Berlin - Mild temperatures are melting record December snowfalls across Germany, causing rivers from the Rhine in the west to the Oder in the east to burst their banks, flooding cities, towns and fields.
Officials were watching flood levels on the Rhine River in the city of Koblenz on Monday which were expected to peak at 7m, 70cm.
Further south, the Mosel River in western Germany peaked already on Sunday, after flooding several villages in the wine-growing valley.
Officials also are carefully monitoring the Oder River on Germany's eastern border, although waters there appear to be receding.