Bulgarian Danube Expected to Freeze OverEnvironment | February 9, 2012, Thursday // 12:23| views
Ice on the Danube near Bulgarian port of Silistra. Photo by DarikNews.bg
The Bulgarian section of the Danube River is expected to completely freeze over during the course of Thursday.
Thursday morning the ice cover at eastern Bulgarian Danube ports of Ruse and Silistra was over 90%.
The river is reported frozen further downstream, where the Danube runs through Romanian territory.
All of the ferry boats between Romania and Bulgaria have been stopped, and traffic is redirected through the Danube Bridge at Ruse, which is still closed for freight vehicles.
Thursday a low of -17.6 degrees C was measured at Silistra, one of the 9 temperature records across Bulgaria for the day,
The situation in Ruse and Silistra regions, which were severely hit by blizzards Tuesday and Wednesday is slowly going back to normal.
Although some of the main roads have been opened for traffic, many roads still remain blocked by immense drifts.
Villages around Ruse and Silistra, as well as neighboring Dobrich regions, have had communications cut, combined with power and water outages.
Authorities, emergency units and utilities are employing their best efforts to render the situation normal.
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