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Germany Floods: Germans Brace For More Water Surges After Heavy Rains (PHOTOS)

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Firefighters stack sandbags at the base of a dyke to strengthen it against the rising Gera river and to prevent flooding on June 1, 2013 near Soemmerda, Germany. (Jens Schlueter/Getty Images) | Getty Images

BERLIN — Heavy rainfall swelled already full rivers in southern and eastern Germany on Saturday, prompting authorities to reinforce flood defenses after at least two people drowned in recent days.

Water levels on the Rhine, Danube and Neckar rivers have risen steadily, with many smaller streams also threatening to break their banks. Meteorologists predicted further downpours in the coming days, marking one of the wettest starts to the summer on record.

German news agency dpa reported that authorities in the Bavarian city of Passau were preparing for a surge of water on the Danube, with waters expected to reach twice their normal level by Monday.

Leipzig's Volkszeitung newspaper reported on its website that officials have issued a disaster warning for the nearby town of Borna.

Authorities in the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland also were reinforcing defenses along rivers there.

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