Rains in Northern Netherlands Cause Flooding

Police and military personnel are evacuating people from four villages in the northern Netherlands in case of a dike break, the Associated Press is reporting.

The evacuations, 125 miles north of Amsterdam, come after a combination of torrential rain and strong northwesterly winds have soaked the country and prevented water being pumped out to sea.

The Maas and Rijn, large rivers that run through the Netherlands, remain high and authorities in cities such as Maastricht and Dordrecht are reportedly closely monitoring levels and distributing sandbags to residents who live close to their banks.

In Doordrecht, near the port city of Rotterdam, the cellars of several houses were flooded, but no major damage or injuries were reported.

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