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<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> This paper addresses the identification and evaluation of extreme flood events in the transitional area between western and central Europe in the period 1951–2013. Floods are evaluated in terms of three variants on an extremity index that combines discharge values with the spatial extent of flooding. The indices differ in the threshold of the considered maximum discharges; the flood extent is expressed by a length of affected river network. This study demonstratesdoi:10.5194/hess-21-3715-2017 fatcat:ytlmt2mstrft3dmyqyocod3mve