Melting ice floes prompt flood alerts
PR dla Zagranicy
Melting ice floes have prompted flood alerts at several locations along the River Vistula as well as on the banks of smaller Polish rivers.
The River Vistula in Plock, Monday morning: photo - PAP/Marcin Bednarski
The mayor of Plock, central Poland, has put the city on flood alert, and sandbags are already being piled up on the most vulnerable streets, with the Vistula rising sharply over the last twenty-four hours.
The nearby towns of Wyszogrod and Gabin are also on flood alert, as are neighbouring municipalities.
Meanwhile, three municipalities in the Pultusk district of central Poland are on flood alert after the River Narew rose by 27 cm in the space of one day The worst affected municipalities so far are Pultusk, Pokrzywnica and Zatory.
The threat of flooding is typical at this time of year in Poland, with thaws prompting the melting of ice floes. A sudden rise in temperature across the country last week saw thick snow and ice disappear from cities across the country, simultaneously creating problems on the rivers. (nh)