Dresden braces for flood as German rivers burst banks
6 June 2013 Last updated at 20:57 BST
People in the German city of Dresden have worked through the night to shore up flood defences, as the swollen waters of the River Elbe reach a peak.
The situation remains critical in the southern town of Deggendorf, where levees burst on Wednesday.
The floods, brought on after a wet spring and sudden heavy rain, have caused 13 deaths across central Europe.
Stephen Evans reports.