Mon Apr 3rd, 2006 at 11:55:17 AM EST
After an unusually cold and snowy/rainy March came the big thaw and big floods all across Central Europe. The Danube is breaking records in Hungary as I type this - in my hometown Budapest, the previous all-time second high (only established 2002!) was passed at 3 pm, here is a photo made a few hours earlier:
The predicted high is 860 cm on Tuesday night, just 7 cm shy of the 1876 February flood record. ([Update] The flood appears having topped out at 860 cm, and started receding.) Some more photos below the fold, plus German & Czech ones in the comments. What are the rivers doing near you?
Still in Budapest, the flood is not two meters below the rim of the high bank (massive flood defenses were built from 150 years ago, after a catastrophic flood ruined most of the East bank town Pest):
Tramway to nowhere:
No mooring for ships:
A bit upriver, in the village of the weekend house of my late grandparents:
Photos from Index.hu.
(The 2002 record is on a scale valid only after the regulation of the riverbed from 150 years ago. Dredging deepened the river even after the 1876 record. But the two earlier floods that superseded it - after relating the old scale used in the previous centuries to the new -, 1775/864 cm and 1838/1030 cm, were the result of ice dams downriver, not sheer water mass.)