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On 5/8/2019 at 10:06 AM, thunter1224 said:

I hope by Oct. the level is ok 🙂 

 

 Thank You for the updates.. And I also hope Oct. will be good for sailing 🙂

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An area of low pressure formed over the Czech Republic and has brought much rain westwards into Bavaria, sweeping further into Germany along the Alps. The Allgäu region is on high alert. Those rivers there are the tributaries to the Danube. Several gauging stations reported flood warning levels of 3 and 4 during the night, 4 being the highest possible.

 

But other regions of Germany have been hit by bad weather as well, this morning the state of Hesse looks the worst on the river levels map.

 

More rain is coming and the water from the tributaries will reach the Danube during the course of today and tomorrow.

 

So, over to our man in Passau, G.M.T. ....

 

notamermaid

 

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17 minutes ago, thunter1224 said:

Wow..   Goodluck to all the cruisers on the river at this time...

Yes, they really need much luck. I have just had a look at the gauge for Passau and the graph says the Danube has risen by 150cm in just under 24 hours. That is a lot! More rain must have come down in the direct Danube area around Passau than I had reckoned.

 

Hoping to hear from G.M.T. how the ships are getting on at the infamous bridge in Passau.

 

notamermaid

 

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Here in Munich the Isar river is pretty high but we´re still on level 2. Passau is fine so far. Close to level 1 but they might not reach it. We have to wait until the water from the Isar river and others is reaching the Danube river.

 

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The Danube is currently at 692 cm, just below level one, will be an interesting 24 /  48 hours.

 

The problem in Passau is the suspension bridge, as soon as the level reaches 630 cm (normally about 480 cm) then boats with high superstructure cannot pass under it.

 

I was in Passau today, boat after boat (Vikings 3 x 2 boats rafted, I bet the Vikings didn't have this trouble when doing a bit of pillaging in London in the 9th. century - progress).

 

 

Although it was raining heavily, it was overrun with visitors, we tend to avoid the town in spring / summer, luckily these days we can get verything online. I must have some Venetian or Dubovnik blood running through my Donau veins.

 

It was pouring the whole time there, but I didn't get wet as you just hop from one red Viking umbrella to the next.

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In Passau, the Danube is just below second level for warning of flooding., this stands at 740 cm (Danube is currently 735 cm - has risen 41 cm is the last 3 hours).

 

Weather is due to improve tomorrow and the Danube level should remain constant at 720 cm, on Friday the level should start to fall.

 

Two critical levels for cruise ships are:

 

630 cm  Some cruise ships will have difficulties passing suspension bridge

780 cm All shipping movements suspended.

 

Here is the complete list (in German )

 

https://www.hnd.bayern.de/pegel/donau_bis_passau/passau-10091008/marken?

 

We still need more rain for replacement of ground water that was deminished in last year drought.

 

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We are doing a Viking ship swap around Passau tomorrow. Our bus trip into the city today clearly showed a rising river that flooded some areas later in the day. Sandbags, water locks and barricades are in place.

There is no doubt that the ships will not make it under that bridge!

Hopefully the rain will stop and the river will be navigable very soon. 

In the mean time, I have great confidence that the swap will run as smoothly as the very competent Viking officers communicated to us.

The river/weather is unpredictable and this is part of cruising. Tomorrow will be an adventure and hopefully we will have a nice day for our cruise down the Wachau Valley in the afternoon aboard our new ship.

Fingers crossed for no more hitches.

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Witt's end, it has stopped rain around Passau, Danube is currently at 747 cm (just over level 2). Should rise much more, if any.

 

At least you can drown your sorrows in the Wachau.

 

Have a great cruise.

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Thank you G.M.T. for all the info.

 

It looks as if the Danube at Passau peaked this morning at 757cm. A river closure narrowly avoided it seems. Much water is still coming from the river upstream from Straubing but the forecast looks promising for slightly falling levels nevertheless.

 

The Wachau valley is beautiful and Melk Abbey sells some great liqueur. A glass of regional wine should ease the pain of ship swaps, good idea.

 

I wonder if the voices for altering the suspension bridge will get louder?

 

notamermaid

 

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