NEW YORK -- Heavy rains and flooding in central Europe
temporarily curtailed passenger traffic on the Danube, according to
a spokeswoman for the Austrian National Tourist Office here.
The spokeswoman said that the Danube Travel Commission in Vienna
reported a "barge-free" zone along the Danube in much of Austria
and in the Czech Republic because of high waters caused by the
heavy rains. "The boat and tour operators are prepared for this
situation, and all passengers are continuing their tours by
motorcoach," the spokeswoman said.
Rains have subsided in the region, but Danube waters still were
too high for boats to travel under the river's bridges, she