Slovakia faces impending flood along Danube on Thursday

The recent heavy rains have caused river levels to rise, especially in the Danube and Morava Rivers. The water-level of the Danube River in the Bratislava district of Devin is expected to reach 780 centimetres on June 25 and as much as 830 centimetres on June 26, the mayor of Devin, Ľubica Kolková, told the TASR newswire. The Slovak Hydro Meteorological Institute has announced a first-degree flood alert.

The recent heavy rains have caused river levels to rise, especially in the Danube and Morava Rivers. The water-level of the Danube River in the Bratislava district of Devin is expected to reach 780 centimetres on June 25 and as much as 830 centimetres on June 26, the mayor of Devin, Ľubica Kolková, told the TASR newswire. The Slovak Hydro Meteorological Institute has announced a first-degree flood alert.

“As it is still raining in the Alps, this isn't over yet. According to weather forecasts, it (the threat of flooding) will maybe end on Saturday, June 27 or Sunday June 28,” said Kolková.

As for the current situation in Devin, Kolková said that the Morava River has already flooded several areas at the foot of Devín Castle where it broke the sewage system. Firemen and police are helping. The situation has worsened along the whole part of the Danube in Slovak territory.

“In Gabčíkovo, the second degree flood alert was announced on Thursday morning,” the head of the Gabčíkovo dam, Ján Stoličný, told TASR, adding that shipping has been halted between Štúrovo and Bratislava due to the high river level – more than 750 cm, which is the limit.

The vice-director of the Slovak Water-Management Company’s Bratislava branch, Peter Minárik, told SITA that the second-degree alert was announced from Devín to Číčov, and a first-degree alert is issued for Komárno, from Číčov to Komárno. So far, the worst situation is in Devín, according to Minárik. He said, however, it was not necessary to build a mobile anti-flood protection measure. He said that it is positive that in Austria the level of the Danube has been declining. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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