Flooding is nothing new to Krakow. In the short time I’ve been living here the Vistula has threatened to burst its fortified banks three times, but this is the worst I’ve seen. The emergency barriers are in place and the churning coffee-coloured water is coming perilously close to testing them. The river has risen at least a meter since yesterday (Monday), and it was higher than I’ve seen it even then. Another couple of days of this rain and it’s going to get very messy indeed.
I took a, very soggy, walk along the river this evening to bring our readers the latest images.
The new pedestrian bridge over the Vistula under construction on the north bank of the river (about two weeks ago)
The bridge today. There is a very real risk of the temporary stands supporting it underneath being washed away, tipping the whole thing into the main channel.
Attempts to save the bridge by building an upstream breakwater to divert the force of the flood.
Piłsudskiego Bridge as it usually looks
Piłsudskiego Bridge today and several Krakowians engaged in the new sport of flood watching.
Walking along the raised boulevard on the north bank you are usually
3 m above the water; today it surges past just below your feet.
Metal barriers are in place stopping up the access gaps in the wall that runs along the highest point of the bank. I’ve never seen these in use before.
Dębnicki Bridge as it usually looks
Dębnicki Bridge today: closed to traffic and just barely above water.
Grunwaldski Bridge and more flood watchers
Sandbags ready and waiting
Some more dramatic images from Cześć z Krakowa!