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Heavy rain leads to flooded roads and basements in Germany


BERLIN — Heavy rains in southwestern Germany flooded roads and basements, forced train tracks to close temporarily and left some residents trapped in their homes because they were surrounded by water.

In the county of Zollernalbkreis in the state of Baden-Württemberg, hundreds of firefighters were on duty Sunday evening after thunderstorms burst streams and flooded streets, German news agency dpa reported on Monday.

According to dpa, several families in the town of Balingen were unable to leave their homes because floodwaters had spread around the buildings. They had to flee to the upper floors where they waited for firefighters to rescue them using ladders.

In the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, heavy rain flooded roads and caused landslides in the town of Daaden-Herdor, where around 250 firefighters were deployed overnight, dpa reported. No one was hurt.

Smaller landslides also caused debris to fall onto roads and tracks, leading to the temporary suspension of rail traffic between Daaden and Betzdorf.

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