Record flooding in Croatia as storms batter Europe
BUCHAREST — Emergency crews in Croatia struggled to contain a swollen river that reached record levels southeast of Zagreb on Monday, while soldiers distributed food and drinking water to a section of Albania that has been flooded for two weeks.
Croatian authorities said the Sava River by the town of Jasenovac exceeded the highest level previously recorded by about 4 inches. About a dozen houses in a nearby village were cut off.
Because residents have refused to leave their homes, emergency crews are delivering food and water by boat, Croatian state TV channel HRT said. The Sava is expected to rise more in the coming days, forecasters said.
To the east, snow and freezing rain delayed dozens of flights and some trains in Romania amid a late cold snap. Snow also hit Germany, Hungary, and Britain, among other European nations.
In Albania, the defense ministry and local authorities reported that about 7,400 acres in the country’s northwest were flooded, and that 225 houses in the country- side were surrounded by water.