Rhine to burst banks after heavy rain

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9 August 2007, Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) - German authorities said Thursday the Upper Rhine could breach its banks along the border with Switzerland, following heavy rains over the Black Forest region.

9 August 2007

Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) - German authorities said Thursday the Upper Rhine could breach its banks along the border with Switzerland, following heavy rains over the Black Forest region.

Shipping came to a halt along the Rhine near the Swiss border city of Basle, with river barges unable to pass beneath bridges.

Police said the river could burst its banks and partially flood the towns of Bad Saeckingen and Waldshut-Tiengen in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

A local authority spokesman in Waldshut predicted the flood waters would reach a 50-year high during the course of Thursday.

Weather expert Andreas Wagner said Baden-Wuerttemberg experienced water levels of this kind only once every 20 years on average.

"This kind of heavy rainfall is very unusual for this time of year," he said.

The Rhine would reach a height of 8.5 metres in Karlsruhe, compared with the 5 metres usual in August, Wagner said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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