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Three killed in Germany floods

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  • Heavy storms in southwest Germany caused the Starzel River to rise two meters
  • Two women died after their car was swept away, a third died in her cellar
  • Officials say it could take days before the situation normalizes
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From CNN's Frederik Pleitgen
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BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- Three people are dead and many more injured after a major storm struck southwestern Germany, officials said Tuesday.

Rescuers try to retrieve a car from the Starzel River in the town of Hechingen. Both the female driver and her passenger were drowned.

Two of those killed were women who drowned in their car after it was swept away by floodwaters, said Karl Wolf, a spokesman for the crisis management center in the Zollernalbkreis region in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. A third woman died when she became trapped in her flooded cellar.

Heavy rainfall set in late Monday, Wolf said, and caused the Starzel River to rise 6.5 feet (2 meters) above regular water levels, he said.

The region is about 35 miles south of Stuttgart.

Authorities said they cannot yet estimate how much damage the storm caused, but several roads need to be cleared and some bridges were damaged.

The police and fire department began clearing roads and pumping water out of cellars Tuesday.

It could take days before the situation normalizes, Wolf said.

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