Survivors recall escape, ponder future after Europe’s floods


              A person cleans mud from their home in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Due to strong rainfall, the Ahr river went over its banks and flooded big parts of the town. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
            
              A person cleans mud from their home in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Due to strong rainfall, the Ahr river went over its banks and flooded big parts of the town. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              A person cleans mud from their home in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Due to strong rainfall, the Ahr river went over its banks and flooded big parts of the town. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              A person cleans mud from their home in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Due to strong rainfall, the Ahr river went over its banks and flooded big parts of the town. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              A person cleans mud from their home in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Due to strong rainfall, the Ahr river went over its banks and flooded big parts of the town. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              A person cleans mud from their home in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Due to strong rainfall, the Ahr river went over its banks and flooded big parts of the town. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 as she tours the village after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Residents and shopkeepers are trying to clear mud from their homes and move unusable furniture outside in Ahrweiler, western Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the western part of Germany. Multiple have died and are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              People clean their homes from mud and debris in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Due to strong rainfall, the Ahr river went over its banks and flooded big parts of the town. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
            
              A view of wedding photos floating in water in a flooded basement of a home, in the town of Brommelen, Netherlands, Saturday, July 17, 2021. In the southern Dutch province of Limburg, which also has been hit hard by flooding, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a 1.1-kilometer (0.7 mile) stretch of dike along the Maas River, and police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
            
              A view of a pump extracting water out of a flooded basement of a house, in the town of Brommelen, Netherlands, Saturday, July 17, 2021. In the southern Dutch province of Limburg, which also has been hit hard by flooding, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a 1.1-kilometer (0.7 mile) stretch of dike along the Maas River, and police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
            
              A coupe stands outside their home, in the town of Brommelen, Netherlands, Saturday, July 17, 2021. In the southern Dutch province of Limburg, which also has been hit hard by flooding, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a 1.1-kilometer (0.7 mile) stretch of dike along the Maas River, and police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
            
              A father and son walk through their flooded street, in the town of Brommelen, Netherlands, Saturday, July 17, 2021. In the southern Dutch province of Limburg, which also has been hit hard by flooding, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a 1.1-kilometer (0.7 mile) stretch of dike along the Maas River, and police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
            
              IJmert Kant assesses the damage in his home in the town of Brommelen, Netherlands, Saturday, July 17, 2021. In the southern Dutch province of Limburg, which also has been hit hard by flooding, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a 1.1-kilometer (0.7 mile) stretch of dike along the Maas River, and police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
            
              Wiel de Bie pumps water out of his flooded basement, in the town of Brommelen, Netherlands, Saturday, July 17, 2021. In the southern Dutch province of Limburg, which also has been hit hard by flooding, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a 1.1-kilometer (0.7 mile) stretch of dike along the Maas River, and police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
            
              Residents return to their homes with cleaning materials in the town of Brommelen, Netherlands,  Saturday, July 17, 2021. In the southern Dutch province of Limburg, which also has been hit hard by flooding, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a 1.1-kilometer (0.7 mile) stretch of dike along the Maas River, and police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center left, and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, second right, speak with Madeline Brasseur, 37, Paul Brasseur, 42, and their son Samuel, 12 after flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              A resident sweeps mud from his house after flooding in Drolenvol, Belgium, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Residents in several provinces were cleaning up after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              Wiel de Bie, 75,  stands outside his flooded home in the town of Brommelen, Netherlands,  Saturday, July 17, 2021. In the southern Dutch province of Limburg, which also has been hit hard by flooding, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a 1.1-kilometer (0.7 mile) stretch of dike along the Maas River, and police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)