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Europe Flooding Persists, Heads Down Stream

Historic flooding has continued to take a toll in the heart of Europe as flood crests rolled down major rivers.

At least 22 people have died, the AP website said on Monday, owing to severe flooding that began at the end of May 2013. Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria have borne the brunt of the flooding casualties and damage. Slovakia and Hungary have also battled swollen rivers.

A dam burst in the Elbe River drove about 23,000 residents of Magdeburg, Germany, from their homes, the BBC News website said. The Elbe was reportedly falling from record levels Monday as its flood crest headed northward to the North Sea.

Further levee breaches struck the river's flood plain early Monday. A breach at Fischbeck led to the evacuation of 10 villages by German authorities. A major railway was also shut down, the AP website said.

Meanwhile, it was the Danube River that kept officials and residents on edge in Hungary. The flood crested at an all-time high level in Budapest on Sunday. The previous high, reached in 2006, was topped by about one foot, the AP said.

Monday, the Danube River flood crest continued heading southward in Hungary, although the river's wider channel was thought to lessen the threat of flooding, the AP indicated.

In the Czech Republic, river levels fell Monday, although there were thunderstorm-related incidents of flash flooding Sunday night, the AP said. The Czech flood death toll rose to 11 after the drowning of a Slovak man in Susice.

Following Monday's scattered downpours in the flood-hit areas, a welcome few days of many dry weather were forecast for the region, according to meteorologists.

Elsewhere in Europe, Poland, which was spared the worst of the earlier flooding, suffered localized flash flooding as cloudbursts hit the capital, Warsaw, on Sunday.

Late-week downpours also triggered flooding in northern Spain, especially in the province of Navarra, the AP said.