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European countries swamped by worst flooding in decades

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An aerial view shows areas of land flooded around Kolbermoor, Germany on June 3.

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Members of the red cross make their way by boats in the flooded street in the center of Passau, southern Germany, June 3.

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Firefighter Robby Klaus drives by a rescue boat in the flooded center on June 3 in Grimma, Germany. Heavy rains are pounding southern and eastern Germany, causing wide-spread flooding and ruining crops.

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Helpers evacuate a woman in the flooded center of Grimma, Germany on June 3.

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A person looks at the heavily damaged road between Lofer and Waidring in the Austrian province of Tyrol on June 3.

Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic have been affected by floodwaters from heavy rains with officials in the Czech capital, Prague, closing the subway system, evacuating thousands of homes and warning other people not to come into the city.

"We can already speak of the worst flooding in the past 20 to 30 years," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said after meeting with a crisis management team. Read more.

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A helper takes a rest during cleanup efforts at the solarium of a hotel in Schuettdorf, Austria, June 3.

Spring showers are unrelenting in areas of Europe where days of rain have sparked serious flooding. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.