The heavy rain that has inundated Slovakia over the past few days has increased the risk of flooding in several parts of the country. On June 2 several houses located near Devín Castle were flooded, and flooding is expected to strike some areas of Bratislava, as well as the Senec and Dunajská Streda districts, the Sme daily reported on June 3.

Hydrometeorologists expect the level of the Danube in Bratislava to exceed its limits and are announcing a second-degree warning today, and the river might reach a third-degree warning (which corresponds to 850 centimetres) on June 4, SITA wrote.

The weather has also affected Slovakia’s transport system. The Viedenská Cesta and the Tyršovo Nábrežie were closed on June 3 at around 10:00 AM. Also, trains coming from the Czech Republic, which was also hit by flooding over the weekend, are experiencing delays of up to 280 minutes, the SITA newswire reported.

The increasing level of the Danube has also affected river transport. The State Navigation Administration (ŠPS) will stop river transportation on the Danube at around 18:00, the company’s spokesperson Jana Vadkertyová said, given that some passenger ships might not be able to clear the Prístavný Bridge when sailing under it. Ships will remain docked in the Bratislava port. In addition, the entrance to the shipyard in Komárno was closed, Pavol Virág, from the Slovak Water Management Company (SVP), told SITA.

Because the level of the Danube reached 664 centimetres on June 2, mostly as a result of heavy rain in Germany and Austria, the anti-flood prevention system had to be raised in several areas of Bratislava, Sme wrote. The water management agency expects the level of the Danube and Morava Rivers to increase in the coming days, based on data from the southern German town of Passau, where the level of the Danube stood at 1,220 centimetres, SITA wrote.

Water managers are preparing for the rise in the level of the rivers by setting up the modular barricades, as part of Bratislava’s anti-flood system. Barricades are being erected in Devín, on Gondova Street in Šafárikovo Square as well as along the riverbanks of the Petržalka city borough. They set up three water pumping stations located in Zohor, Malacky district, Kľúčovec, Dunajská Streda district, and Patince, Komárno district, SITA reported.

Source: Sme, SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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