National Geographic : 1938 Aug
Photograph byJohn Patric WHEN TORRENTS FROM THE TATRAS ARE CHOKED WITH FLOATING ICE, ITS JAMS FLOOD VILLAGES AND HALT TRAINS Half an hour before this photograph was taken, huge blocks wedged tightly against a railroad bridge near Poprad. Housewives worked frantically, building mud dams higher and higher in their doorways to keep out rising water. Setting swiftly to work with axes, picks, and pike poles,helmeted firemen and their helpers soon loosened the jam, and now the water recedes. An instant later, the big cake to the right broke away. Three of the four occupants leaped tosafety. One was carried under the bridge, and downstream toward the Vah River. He was soon able to grasp an overhanging tree limb and scramble ashore.