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Flood Status Update for European Rivers

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Home >> Flood Status Update for European Rivers

I thought this information would be important enough to give it a new entry in the blog. Yesterday, Scenic tours published some information, but they do not offer cruises on all river stretches and from all ports. So I upgraded it, mainly based on information provided by Hochwasserzentrale / High Water Status updates and my own database.

Rivers

Danube: Cruiseable between Linz and Vienna. The main flood wave is now downstream of Budapest. There is a second (minor) wave in the area of Regensburg today. However, even after the actual flood is over, expect some delays due to broken dams and dikes (see prognosis) on cruises upstream of Passau.

Elbe: The high water wave crests at Lauenburg. Most cruises just go as far down as Magdeburg this season. Still, a lot of water on the river, it is labled code purple and not cruiseable. Even after the actual flood is over, expect some delays due to broken dams and dikes (see prognosis).

Main: Open for navigation.

Rhine Main Danube Canal: Open for navigation.

Rhine: Open for navigation.

Cruises

Or, if you do not really care about the rivers, here are the most popular cruises on these rivers. List is in alphabetical order. Cruises not explicitly mentioned should be OK.

Amsterdam - Basel: OK
Amsterdam - Black Sea: Not possible without itinerary modifications / switching ships. Read the Danube update on the lock closures.
Amsterdam - Budapest: Not possible without itinerary modifications / switching ships. Read the Danube update on the lock closures.
Amsterdam - Nuremberg: OK
Amsterdam - Paris: OK
Basel - Vienna: Not possible without itinerary modifications / switching ships. Read the Danube update on the lock closures.
Berlin - Prague: Not possible without itinerary modifications / switching ships.
Bucharest - Budapest: Not possible without itinerary modifications / switching ships.
Hamburg - Prague: Not possible without itinerary modifications / switching ships..
Nuremberg - Budapest: Not possible without itinerary modifications / switching ships. Read the Danube update on the lock closures.
Paris - Prague: OK

Prediction

Now, hard to say. There are some local thunderstorms and rain announced. The ground is totally saturated, so every rain will immediately cause a minor peak on the rivers. But these may delay you maybe one day max. What is going to be a big issue are the broken dams along the Danube between Regensburg and Passau and along the Elbe downstream of Dresden.

Danube:
Regensburg to Passau: Closed without indication of reopening.
Passau to Linz: Open for navigation. Might get closed in a few days (4-7) due to second flood wave.
Linz to Budapest opened today. Might get closed in a few days (5-8) due to second flood wave.
Budapest - Bucharest: The first flood wave is in this are at the moment. There may be a short window for navigation IF you cruise downstream, between the first and the second wave.

Update 2013-06-15: There was some damage done to Altenw├Ârth Lock (in Austria). The lock is going to be scheduled for reopening according to a posting on Cruise Critic for June 20th. The official authorities (Doris) have not published a date yet. The rest of the Austrian Danube is open for navigation. The German Danube went down to code yellow / orange. Gabcikovo lock is closed for maintenance as well. According to postings on Cruise Critic (which are referring to Uniworld & Viking PR statements) the lock will remain closed for ships going upstream until June 15th, for ships going downstream until June 20th.

Update 2013-06-16: As you can read on the website of the Danube Information Service, most locks are also not operating with both chambers, but just one. Hopefully they will be up and running once Altenw├Ârth is open again, otherwise you can expect some delay.

Elbe:
Update 2013-06-15: The peak wave is now past Hamburg in the Elbe estuary, vanished in the tides. At Dresden the Elbe is already down to code orange, while the lower Elbe is still code purple.

Main:
Maybe some minor delays if heavy rain occurs over the next few days, as the soil is still totally saturated with water.

Rhine:
Maybe some minor delays if heavy rain occurs over the next few days, as the soil is still totally saturated with water.