Flooding in Poland Alters Rail Service, Reroutes Tours

NEW YORK -- Massive flooding in southwest Poland's Odra River valley caused Polish State Railways to suspend service to Wroclaw, a city located about 200 miles from Warsaw.

The Polish National Tourist Office here said flooding damaged 180 towns in the region.

Richard Cichocki, manager for Orbis Polish Travel Bureau, said none of the company's group programs were canceled but some FIT bookings that included the Wroclaw area were changed.

A spokesperson for American Travel Abroad said its Warsaw office rerouted some tours due to the suspended rail service, but no itineraries were canceled.

The firm operates three programs that include Wroclaw, and the spokesman said those groups would be rerouted.

According to the tourist office, water levels in Wroclaw, which is Poland's fourth- largest city, reached 30 feet in some areas, forcing many residents to evacuate.

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