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Thousands flee as flood waters breach Dutch barriers

An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands, July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS

An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands, July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS

An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands, July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS
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A resident carries his possessions during a flood in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A resident carries his possessions during a flood in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A resident carries his possessions during a flood in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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A view shows a flooded interior of a house in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A view shows a flooded interior of a house in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A view shows a flooded interior of a house in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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A person wades through water during a flood in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A person wades through water during a flood in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A person wades through water during a flood in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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A flooded house is seen in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A flooded house is seen in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A flooded house is seen in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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A camping site is flooded, in Roermond, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A camping site is flooded, in Roermond, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A camping site is flooded, in Roermond, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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A child looks on as water floods through a fence, in Wessem, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A child looks on as water floods through a fence, in Wessem, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A child looks on as water floods through a fence, in Wessem, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands, July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS

An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands, July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS

An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands, July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS
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Dutch National Reserve Corps stack bags of sand to build a dike against the floods, in Wessem Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Dutch National Reserve Corps stack bags of sand to build a dike against the floods, in Wessem Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Dutch National Reserve Corps stack bags of sand to build a dike against the floods, in Wessem Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Lifeguards walk through a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls, in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Lifeguards walk through a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls, in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Lifeguards walk through a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls, in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw
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An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS

An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS

An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS
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A flooded street is seen following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

A flooded street is seen following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

A flooded street is seen following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw
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People are evacuated from a flood-affected area, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

People are evacuated from a flood-affected area, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

People are evacuated from a flood-affected area, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw
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A view shows flooded interior of a house in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A view shows flooded interior of a house in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A view shows flooded interior of a house in Guelle, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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A man with an umbrella stands at a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

A man with an umbrella stands at a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

A man with an umbrella stands at a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw
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Residents stand next to stacked sandbags by the river Meuse, also known as Maas, as it continues to rise, in Arcen, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Residents stand next to stacked sandbags by the river Meuse, also known as Maas, as it continues to rise, in Arcen, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Residents stand next to stacked sandbags by the river Meuse, also known as Maas, as it continues to rise, in Arcen, Netherlands, July 16. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands July 15.  Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS

An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS

An aerial view shows the flooded streets of Valkenburg, the Netherlands July 15. Mike Versteegh/SQ Vision via REUTERS
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A flooded street is seen following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

A flooded street is seen following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

A flooded street is seen following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw
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Lifeguards sit in a vehicle at a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Lifeguards sit in a vehicle at a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Lifeguards sit in a vehicle at a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw
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A woman takes a picture of a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

A woman takes a picture of a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

A woman takes a picture of a flooded street, following heavy rainfalls in Valkenburg, Netherlands, July 15. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw
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