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1 hour ago, pgkoch said:

Trying to decide if we stay on our Uniworld Rhine river cruise Sept 19 or move to Danube cruise about the same time?  Seems like Rhine river so high and towns flooded will the riverboats even sail this month?   But then Passau and Danube having trouble for passage.  what will Sept bring?

 

Things can change quickly, I would not make a quick decision, unless you have to. It does not look like we will get drought this year, certainly not in early August. But September we cannot say, overall there is it is less likely on the Rhine than on the Danube. Flooding in September would be very much an exception, even less likely than in August, although it can never be fully ruled out. Ships will run again on the Rhine towards the end of the week if things work out well, I mean the full passage, they are already running (again) in individual sections.

 

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This is the situation in Passau now:

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The level at 22:45 was 817cm. In the graph you can see that a further rise is forecast into tomorrow. While the river is very high and may still reach flood warning level 4, it is still far away from the five top historic levels listed with black bullet points above.

 

In Austria all gauging stations now show a rise due to the rain coming via the Danube from Germany or the tributaries in Austria. Linz for example is currently showing flooding in the range of statistically happening less frequently than every year but more frequently than every five years, so not that bad (yet).

 

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11 hours ago, pgkoch said:

Trying to decide if we stay on our Uniworld Rhine river cruise Sept 19 or move to Danube cruise about the same time?  Seems like Rhine river so high and towns flooded will the riverboats even sail this month?   But then Passau and Danube having trouble for passage.  what will Sept bring?

 

 

No worries about this... the rivers are falling as fast as they are rising. Nobody can tell you what´s going on in September. High water in July is pretty rare. Usually July and August are the low water months. And usually by September the water levels are going back to normal. The current situation might last for a couple of days and then the river stages are back to normal.

 

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I read this morning that the Isar is also very high, with some flooding at Munich. @steamboats I know you live higher up. What about the Englischer Garten and other parks, are they affected at this level?

 

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Somewhat good news from Passau. The level peaked lower that the flood alert 4 mark and is falling steadily. Right now prediction indicates that the water coming from the Isar will not raise the level again significantly.

 

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7 hours ago, notamermaid said:

I read this morning that the Isar is also very high, with some flooding at Munich. @steamboats I know you live higher up. What about the Englischer Garten and other parks, are they affected at this level?

 

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Some exaggerations... we´re up to Meldestufe 2 (3 m) which means that the river will be out of it´s banks on some places. But it needs Meldestufe 3 for floodings of houses along the river. As the Englischer Garten is a pretty wide area more or less going through the whole city of Munich floodings of buildings are pretty rare. When you walk along the Isar river the closest paths are at least 3 to 5 m higher than the river bed itself. It needs a lot of water to have major floodings in Munich. The creeks going through the Englischer Garten are mainly artifical ones which are regulated. So they fill them up to capacity and you will see brown, muddy water but they don´t flood. I passed through the Englischer Garten and over the Isar river around noon. It´s quite filled up with the branches of the trees hanging in the water but that´s it. They issued a ban for boats/rafts on the river and actually it is not a good idea to take your blow up raft on a river with high water and a strong current plus a lot of debris. So there might be some paths flooded and closed but that´s really a minor thing.

 

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Thanks for all the info. Interesting about the housing and the canal, I have been to Munich but my visit was so brief that I am unfamiliar with the terrain.

 

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On 7/18/2021 at 5:16 PM, notamermaid said:

Things can change quickly, I would not make a quick decision, unless you have to. It does not look like we will get drought this year, certainly not in early August. But September we cannot say, overall there is it is less likely on the Rhine than on the Danube. Flooding in September would be very much an exception, even less likely than in August, although it can never be fully ruled out. Ships will run again on the Rhine towards the end of the week if things work out well, I mean the full passage, they are already running (again) in individual sections.

 

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Thanks for info!

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We are hoping to go on a Danube River cruise in Mid August, starting in Bavaria and finishing in Budapest. Any one know if August 2021 river sailings are impacted by the recent flooding 

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6 hours ago, westcoastshell said:

We are hoping to go on a Danube River cruise in Mid August, starting in Bavaria and finishing in Budapest. Any one know if August 2021 river sailings are impacted by the recent flooding 

 

As I answered already in the other thread short answer here: No!

 

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And just to expand this a little: the level at Passau has fallen to 689cm. That is still a bit high for passage under the bridge, depending on ship, but it is below any flooding alert mark.

 

A slow but steady fall should bring this further down in the next 48 hours.

 

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A brief update: Pfelling 425cm, Passau 551cm. Much better. That is just high, not flooding anymore. With rain forecast, the levels will stay high.

 

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Pfelling is at 496cm, Passau at 590cm. Both should fall during the night and tomorrow. Some rain is forecast on most days this week along the German Danube. Will see how that goes. Perhaps a bit more concerning is heavy rain that is forecast for Passau and the Austrian Danube, a band of clouds on Wednesday and Thursday over the German Alps, Salzburg and Linz. That should raise the level in the area.

 

I cannot give any specifics as regards effect on navigation for Austria, but for reference, if you would like to follow this yourself, here is the graph for Linz in Austria, including a short forecast period:

https://hydro.ooe.gv.at/#/overview/Wasserstand/station/207068/Linz?mode=map&selected=Wasserstand

As I write the level is at 423cm, above the line denoting MW (mean water level) and far below HW1 (high water - or flooding - level 1). It will be interesting to see how the river reacts to the continued rain.

 

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