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Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Budapest Adventure >> Budapest under Water: 2013 Danube Flood tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Budapest under Water: 2013 Danube Flood

The Danube River was at its highest levels in Budapest in 50 years and crested on Monday, June 10, at close to 9 meters. The rakpart (roads along the riverbank) were submerged, and water was lapping at the steps of the Parliament building. River navigation was halted as the water was so high, the vessels couldn't clear the bridges, and several islands in the municipal area were closed to the public. Around 1,300 people were evacuated further down the river, but Budapest itself survived the disaster without major damage.
Parliament from Buda
Parliament from Buda
Stoplight at Margit híd
Stoplight at Margit híd
Rest area, Margit Island
Rest area, Margit Island
Road to Szentendre
Road to Szentendre
Not even boats to stop
Not even boats to stop
Utility box
Utility box
This area flooded overnight with rainstorm
This area flooded overnight with rainstorm
Pumping water
Pumping water
River road entrance
River road entrance
Mirror at Margit Bridge
Mirror at Margit Bridge
Street sign
Street sign
Parliament steps
Parliament steps
Tour boats, entrance to rakpart
Tour boats, entrance to rakpart
Stranded tour boats
Stranded tour boats
Rakpart entrance, Pest side
Rakpart entrance, Pest side
Sheltering
Sheltering
Water taxi stop at Parliament
Water taxi stop at Parliament
River road in front of Parliament
River road in front of Parliament
Steps to Parliament building
Steps to Parliament building
New parking lot at Parliament
New parking lot at Parliament
Margit Island
Margit Island
Margit Island
Margit Island
Street sign for the river road
Street sign for the river road
Flooded Parliament from Margit Bridge
Flooded Parliament from Margit Bridge
Chain Bridge, before flood and during
Chain Bridge, before flood and during
Chain Bridge and rail tracks
Chain Bridge and rail tracks
Water level on the Chain Bridge
Water level on the Chain Bridge
Sandbagging the railroad tracks
Sandbagging the railroad tracks
End of the line
End of the line
Rakpart (river road)
Rakpart (river road)
Waiting for visitors
Waiting for visitors
Tracks above the river road
Tracks above the river road
Chilling
Chilling
Tracks to nowhere
Tracks to nowhere
One way
One way
Rail tunnel entrance
Rail tunnel entrance
Stairs to nowhere
Stairs to nowhere
Submerged river road, beyond Chain Bridge
Submerged river road, beyond Chain Bridge
Riverfont properties under siege
Riverfont properties under siege
Parliament from Chain Bridge
Parliament from Chain Bridge
Road sign below Chain Bridge
Road sign below Chain Bridge
Another flooded rail tunnel
Another flooded rail tunnel
Seeping through the wall
Seeping through the wall
Ending at the beginning
Ending at the beginning