Some of you may have heard that the Danube River in Budapest is experiencing the worst flood ever recorded. The city had a few days to prepare, so there was much less chaos than in the other affected countries. There’s been property damage and transportation disruption, but no deaths. The river hasn’t burst its banks. I ventured out twice to take photos – Thursday and Sunday. The photo above is my favorite view of Budapest. However, I’m standing much further away than usual.
The photo above was taken on Thursday. By Sunday the water had risen above the barrier to the right.
Same for this photo. The road was totally submerged on Sunday. These guys rolled up their pants and waded in.
This photo was taken on Sunday. It’s a tram stop on the road in the previous photo. Luckily she’s wearing a bikini!
Hundreds of people, both tourists and locals, showed up on Sunday to check it out. The flood was now at its peak. It was a festive atmosphere. Everyone was high on the thrill of safely witnessing a historic disaster. At times, it was difficult to squeeze in between the crowd of gawkers and take photos.
The green posts in the photo below are for the tram that usually runs through there.
The river is now receding. However, as I write this, a thunderstorm is tearing up the skies.