The level of the River Danube in Bratislava had exceeded 970 centimetres as of 9:00 on June 5, with the water still rising. In Devín the level of the Danube exceeded 910 centimetres, while the Morava River stood at 793 centimetres in Devínska Nová Ves and 560 centimetres in Vysoká pri Morave, according to information issued by the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ), the SITA newswire reported.
Meteorologists have already declared a third-degree warning against floods for six districts in western Slovakia: Bratislava, Senec, Malacky, Dunajská Streda, Komárno and Nové Zámky. The water power plant in Gabčíkovo, Dunajská Streda district, is still operating without restrictions, the TASR newswire wrote.
The Danube is expected to crest in Bratislava on June 6, with the water level exceeding 10 metres. Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftáčnik predicted that the water would not breach flood barriers and said that he did not therefore believe that evacuation of people was necessary, but that some property might be in danger, TASR wrote.
At the moment the worst situation is in the Devín district of Bratislava. The road to the village had to be closed in both directions overnight, TASR wrote.
Public transport in Bratislava was disrupted for a while on June 4 after trams number 4 and 6 were stopped from taking their usual routes along the Danube embankment. However, the DPB city public transport company later restored the routes.
Meanwhile police have started closing the roads in the city, among them Tyršovo Nábrežie, Viedenská Cesta and Slovanské Square, TASR reported.
The parking lot near the Aréna Theatre in Petržalka is flooded. The fire brigade were also called to a shipyard located on Botanická Street where the water level reached one metre, TASR reported.
The crisis management unit at the Interior Ministry launched a phone line to inform citizens about the flood situation on the Danube and Morava Rivers, TASR wrote.
The SHMÚ has also issued a second-degree warning against floods in four other places through which the Danube flows. While in Gabčíkovo the water level stood at nearly 650 centimetres early on June 5, in Medveďov it was 784 centimetres, in Komárno 677 centimetres and in Štúrovo 590 centimetres, SITA wrote.
Sources: SITA, TASR
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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5. Jun 2013 at 10:00