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The Latest: Belgium Sees Water Levels Rise in Eastern Areas

The Latest: Belgium Sees Water Levels Rise in Eastern Areas

Thursday, 02 June 2016 05:19 AM

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flooding that's affected parts of Europe. (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

Belgium endured a fourth day of heavy rain, with flooding reported in several areas across the country.

After widespread flooding hit northern Antwerp and the west of Flanders early in the week, waters kept rising in eastern areas around Limburg and Liege. Several neighborhoods have had to be evacuated as cellars flooded and streets were submerged in overflowing creeks and rivers.

One major train line linking eastern Limburg to the capital had to be temporarily suspended early Thursday. No deaths or injuries have been reported so far in Belgium. More rain is expected later.

10:50 a.m.

The German state of Bavaria is promising quick financial help to residents in areas near the Austrian border hit by flooding this week.

According to the dpa news agency, Bavaria's governor, Horst Seehofer, has pledged "quick and unbureaucratic help," saying his state "won't abandon those affected, some of whom have lost their whole homes."

Four people have been confirmed killed in the flooding, which swept through the towns of Simbach am Inn and Triftern, while others have been reported missing.

The waters have receded, and disaster relief crews were on the scene helping to clear the wreckage, while helping to prepare for more possible flooding. There are warnings of more storms in the forecast.

9:45 a.m.

French media say that thousands have been evacuated as floods continue to threaten homes and businesses across the Paris region.

French authorities say that areas along the Loing River, a tributary of the Seine, had seen waters rise to levels unseen since 1910, when a massive flood swamped the French capital.

Media reported of evacuations in the town of Nemours, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Paris. The iTele broadcaster said 400 firefighters and police were at work there removing people from flood-hit homes.

France's meteorological service said Thursday that severe flood watches are in effect in two Paris-area departments: Loiret and Seine-et-Marne. Eight more departments, including three on the German, border, face flood warnings as well.

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