<p><strong>Two residents of Dresden, Germany, pedal through floodwaters from the Elbe River as water levels continue to rise. Cities in Germany and throughout Europe have been battling severe flooding after several days of heavy rainfall.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Thousands of residents in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic have been evacuated as Europe's most famous rivers reach record-high levels. Water levels peaked in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, where <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/04/world/europe/europe-flood/?hpt=wo_bn6">CNN</a> reported seven deaths were caused by the flood. Meanwhile, residents continue to brace themselves in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised 100 million euros ($130 million) of emergency aid to damaged towns. Experts are already speculating that these floods will exceed the record-breaking levels of 2002, in both cost and amount of damage.</p><p><em>—Lara Sorokanich</em></p>

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Two residents of Dresden, Germany, pedal through floodwaters from the Elbe River as water levels continue to rise. Cities in Germany and throughout Europe have been battling severe flooding after several days of heavy rainfall.

Thousands of residents in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic have been evacuated as Europe's most famous rivers reach record-high levels. Water levels peaked in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, where CNN reported seven deaths were caused by the flood. Meanwhile, residents continue to brace themselves in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised 100 million euros ($130 million) of emergency aid to damaged towns. Experts are already speculating that these floods will exceed the record-breaking levels of 2002, in both cost and amount of damage.

—Lara Sorokanich

Photograph by Michael Kappeler, European Pressphoto Agency

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