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Temperatures in Europe Rise; Ice Damages Boats on Danube

February 21, 2012 By: Jena Tesse Fox

More bad news from Europe's weather scene, even as temperatures are starting to rise: The Associated Press is reporting that chunks of melting ice moving on the Danube River have damaged hundreds of small boats and several restaurants on rafts.

The thick ice, which had closed hundreds of miles of Europe's busy waterway during the region's recent cold snap, started moving Sunday afternoon because of rising temperatures.

The 1,777-mile-long river flows through nine countries, and the ice partially blocked the waterway from Austria to the Black Sea.

As ice floes up to 1.6 feet thick began to break up in the Belgrade area, hundreds of parked boats crashed into each other and several barges were swept away, the story continues. One raft restaurant sank and several others were damaged as they broke away from the shore.

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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | February 21, 2012
As the ice begins to thaw, its movements are now damaging boats along the waterway.
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