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News 28 Mar 13

Flood Threat to Belgrade’s Recedes

The danger of flooding has declined as river levels go down - but the city is staying on alert, with overflows expected in April.

Gordana Andric
BIRN
Belgrade

Representatives of the public utility company Beograd vode have stated that cautionary measures against floods have been cancelled, as water levels in the Sava and Danube rivers had fallen.

However, as levels of water vary daily, the alert will most probably be off and on in the days to come. Major flooding is not expected until April.

Vladimir Batalovic, technical director of Beograd vode, explained that while there is no danger of rivers overflowing in Belgrade at this time, the waters might rise later in April when snow melts.

“This could be a problem because the riverbeds are already quite full… but we’ll see how quickly the snow melts,” Batalovic said.

Owing to the large amounts of snow that will start to melt in the Alps and the Carpathians, Belgrade could be in line for serious flooding.

The city, however, is fully prepared and ready to declare emergency measures.

At the moment, the authorities have organised daily guard duty at Nebojsa Tower, where the land is at its lowest level.

The underpass road by the tower will be closed if the waters rise and the authorities are reminding citizens not to park cars near the tower.

Due to the high waters, Belgrade Port Authority called on the owners of vessels to bind their vessels carefully and keep them under control. They stated that sailing on the Sava and Danube is currently operating normally.

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