Controlling floods in the Danube Valley

A flood control development project aims at protecting the residents of Hungary’s Danube Valley. Over half a million people, as well as a multitude of businesses operating in the Danube Valley, stand to benefit from the works.

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The disastrous flood events of the past ten years have caused numerous human casualties and material damage. In fact, the devastating Danube floods in 2002 were instrumental in triggering a process of coexisting with the floods, not trying to conquer them.

New defences

The "Danube National Flood project" aims to protect people and their assets within the Danube Valley against flooding, by improving flood safety and reducing flood risk. In the area targeted by the project there are already around 1 000 km of dikes, and the project involves the construction of a myriad of new defences against flooding as well as modernising existing structures. This increased security is expected to bring economic benefits as business and potential investors protected against flood damages spend more time and indeed money in the region.

Major works

The development concerns 12 flood control areas and 14 flood control sections with a total length of approximately 200 dyke km. It also involves the modernisation of 25 minor and major structures, the paving and reconstruction of dyke crest over a length of 125 km. The modernisation and development of two flood control centres is also foreseen.

Specifically, new defence lines are being constructed, embankments are being reinforced and slopes corrected, drainage improved, service roads are being restored, and landscaping is taking place on a grand scale.

Key areas being protected include the Mosoni-Danube as well as the section of the river between  Szentendrei Island and the southern national boundary. In all, the works are taking place across over 40 different municipalities.

Prior to constructing any new defence lines, the Hungarian authorities are assessing the potential impact on water and the environment, to ensure the meeting of the country’s obligations under the EU Water Framework Directive.

The works are part of the overall strategy to boost the development of the Danube Region that was proposed by the European Commission on 8 December 2010.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Danube National Flood project” is EUR 106 979 707, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 90 932 751 through the “Wise management of waters” priority of the “Environment and Energy” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.

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