It has been called the 'flood of the century'. The river Elbe has turned vast swathes of German towns into what looks like a huge swamp. The force of the deluge is now heading for the town of Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt.
Already the waters have reached record heights of almost seven and a half metres. The mayor spoke on television warning their flood protection was not designed to resist such levels and told the town to prepare for what could be a dramatic weekend. In some areas electricity has been turned off as a precaution.