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District in western Germany evacuated after dam break

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Residents of Ophoven were evacuated from their homes after a dam broke in the Heinsberg district in western Germany. The situation remained tense early on Saturday morning, according to a statement issued by the town that is close to the Dutch border. It was unclear how much damage had been caused by the dam breaking on the Rur river, which flows from Germany through the Netherlands and Belgium. Wassenberg’s mayor Marcel Maurer speculated that the closing of sluice gates on the Dutch side could have caused water levels to rise, in comments to WDR broadcaster. However, no problems occured durin…

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