Danube River Flooding at 500 Year Levels
The Danube River is threatening to burst. Flood waters had risen to levels not seen in five hundred years.
The historic city of Budapest was in a state of flux on Monday, with water levels twenty-nine feet higher than normal. Tens of thousands had been forced to leave their homes, and over a dozen people have already been killed in central Europe due to the extreme flooding.
To say that this area is in peril is an understatement. By Tuesday, the peak of the flood moved away from Hungary toward Serbia. High flood walls saved Budapest from certain disaster. Yesterday it appeared that the city might experience record-breaking flooding, but thankfully that did not happen. However, no one is out of the woods yet.
Germany has sustained extreme flood damage, in excess of four billion U.S. dollars, largely due to the Elbe River flooding. The situation is quite historic due to the timing of it all. Within a span of a few days, the Elbe and the Danube rivers both overflowed their banks. The Danube cuts through southern Germany.
Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria were all heavily impacted by the River Danube flooding. The damage was more extensive in Germany due to the Elbe River reaching such extreme heights. And the Elbe remains at dangerous levels. The crest of the Elbe is still making its way through the northeast part of Germany. But rural areas will likely be the most effected, which is a blessing. But thousands of people will still be displaced and possibly lose everything they have.
But 23,000 people did have to evacuate and leave their homes in Magdeburg, Germany when a dam burst. While certain conditions have improved, namely in Budapest, Hungary, the River Danube situation is still critical. If more rain comes into the area in the next few days, conditions could go right back to where they were. Right now, of the two rivers, the Elbe is the most critical. Tuesday, 8,000 people left their homes in the Saxony-Anhalt town of Stendal in north Germany.
There is no certainty in regards to how this will play out. With heavy rains, flash flooding is always unpredictable. Hopefully both rivers will recede and the damage will not be as extensive as it could be. But there is always the chance that more rain will make the flooding in Europe both unprecedented and historic.by