Dutch military engineers help to combat flooding along Elbe river, Germany
The 101 Dutch engineering battalion worked throughout the night on 5 June to sandbag the levee along the Elbe river near Torgau, just north of Dresden. The 185 army soldiers helped their German colleagues raising the levee with 30 cm over a length of 1,2 km.
All sandbags had to be in place within 20 hours before the peak flow would pass the city of Torgau.
Severe flooding in Central Europe
Heavy rains have led to extreme high water levels on the major rivers in Central Europe, such as the Elbe, Danube and Oder.
The death toll rose till at least 10 and many cities along the rivers suffered severe floodings in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Poland.
The Dutch military engineers were on a nearby exercise when their German colleagues were suddenly deployed to the disaster area to combat the floodings. The Dutch battalion decided to help their German colleagues and also left the exercise area for Torgau.
Initially the Dutch soldiers helped raising the levee along the Elbe with sand bags. Later they inspected and strengthened the weak spots.
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