Weather warning as homes flooded in north-eastern Austria

Hundreds of basements in the provinces of Upper Austria and Lower Austria were flooded yesterday (Weds) after days of continuous rainfall.Officials at Vienna’s Centre for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) warned residents living near the Danube, Enns and other rivers to protect their homes as more rain is predicted over the next few days.But they stressed the situation would not become as dramatic as in the neighbouring Czech Republic and Poland.Fire brigades in dozens of towns in Upper Austria and Lower Austria are currently busy pumping out cellars and first-floor flats.Hundreds of homes in Upper Austria, Lower Austria and Burgenland were left uninhabitable after floods in June 2009, while dozens of cars and houses in Burgenland and Lower Austria were wrecked last week by thunderstorms and tornados.