BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The Rhine river was closed to traffic above Basel Monday as the river rose above its navigable limit of 7m90. The closure also affected the popular small ferries that serve as a form of public transport between the two banks of the Rhine in the city centre.
The river was closed to barges upstream from Koblenz one week agon, 3 June, as the water continued to rise.
Rainfall over the weekend, particularly around Bern, exacerbated problems with landslides and flooding, with Moudon hardest hit. A storm caused the Mérine river to spill over its banks, flooding the old town. Landslides cut off the Lausanne-Bern road temporarily and blocked the CFF Palézieux-Payerne railway, which will remain closed for a week for repairs.