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Local flooding, flood alerts under heavy rain in Poland

Associated Press logo Associated Press 28/04/2017

WARSAW, Poland — Local authorities in Poland said Friday that floods or potential flooding have been reported in southern and central regions, following days of heavy rain and snow, but Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said "everything is under control."

"It seems that the situation on the rivers is stabilizing," Szydlo said after meeting with the firefighters' national command about steps being taken to prevent major flooding.

Poland is predominantly a lowland terrain with mountains in the south, where large amounts of snow accumulate in winter. The combination of melting snow and heavy rains leads to floods.

Firefighters were pumping water from a few areas in central Poland, where rivers spilled into fields and local roads and were threatening houses.

Continued rain is forecast for most of Poland on Friday.

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