Flood warning in Prague: floodplains are closing and, for the first time in eight years, the gates on Čertovka | iROZHLAS
According to Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates), Prague is proceeding according to the flood plan after receiving the warning. “As a preventive measure, we will close the flood barrier in Čertovce and further close the floodplains for the public in the city districts of Prague 1, 2 and 5,” he said.
The level of Hvozdnice in the Opava region has dropped, but meteorological warnings still warn about floods in western and southern Bohemia
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He added that the municipality monitors the flow of the Vltava and is in contact with the Vltava River Basin and the city districts affected. At the moment, the lock chamber in Modřany is also closed because it is clogged with floating objects.
According to the municipality, the gates at Čertovka were closed after 1 p.m., with previous exercises in 2019, they are now closed for the first time since the floods in 2013. .
The metropolis informed the markets and tenants on the embankments a few days ago. “With regard to the valid warning, the Prague floodplains will be closed preventively today, as well as the gates at Čertovka. However, emphasize that all steps are preventive at this time. Both the city management and the IRS units remain on standby and we will monitor the situation, “confirmed Vít Hofman, a spokesman for the Prague City Hall, for Radiožurnál.
On Saturday, the Midsummer Navalis Festival is to be held on Charles Bridge, which could be affected by the flood situation if the situation worsens. “In the first flood stage, the measure is issued by the municipality, we will inform the organizer Navalis in the event of a possible change in the situation, which is developing very quickly,” said Hřib.
Where possible, according to the municipality, the flow of water through Prague will be regulated by the reservoirs of the Vltava Cascade. According to the Vltava River Basin, the Orlík waterworks has plenty of space to fill, said Hofman.
The situation on rivers and streams in Prague is also monitored by individual city districts. For example Mayor of Prague 8 Ondrej Gros (ODS) activated the crisis management department of the district office and are monitoring the situation on the Vltava and Rokytka rivers.
Flood danger in the Czech Republic
In Central Bohemia, the warning of meteorologists concerns the lower reaches of the Berounka. However, its level should culminate in the first stage of flood activity, when water is not yet flowing from the banks.
According to the hydrologist of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute Martin Pecha, the situation in the region should improve in the afternoon for smaller rivers.
“Only ascents on large streams such as Berounka, Dolní Sázava, Dolní Vltava and so on will continue. Other, smaller streams, which have the first or second degree of flood activity in the Berounka and Dolní Vltava river basins, are now culminating and will begin to decline gradually in the coming hours, “he told Czech Radio Region.
The warning against rising river levels due to heavy rain also applies to the entire South Bohemian Region and the eastern half of the Pilsen Region. There, too, the levels of flows should culminate in the first, occasionally the second degree. The short-term attainment of the third degree of meteorological flood activity is expected only at Úslava in the village of Prádlo in the southern part of Plzeň.
Storms hit the Czechia on Wednesday evening. It also rained heavily on Thursday night for Friday, when river levels rose mainly in Silesia and southwestern Bohemia. Today, according to the forecast, the rain in the Czech Republic should decrease, but on Saturday the meteorological ones are expecting showers and occasional thunderstorms again.
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