20 years ago, according to the former mayor, Prague was definitely not prepared for five-year or thousand-year water. On the other hand, the representatives of the Prague magistrate were not completely defenseless at the time. After the floods in 1997, flood preparations also began in Prague. Construction of roads and railways began in Modany, but mainly the traces of Prague were mapped.
Thus, a map was created that was supposed to show where the water would flood for a century. And besides, they bought mobile weapons that practically saved the historic center of the capital, recalled Igor Nmec.
The situation is extremely tense
At that time, according to him, the city leaders had to follow procedures that depended on the flow of the Vltava. If the water flow was not even 1500 cups per second, then we basically knew what to do. But at the moment when the flow was low, i.e. when the water was not drinking water, we had to improvise.
This improvisation was then in charge of krizov tb, in which Igor Nmec subsequently stood. And when did the former mayor really realize that it was outside? About the time when the subway was flooded and the water rose by two meters in, no one predicted.
I remember the evening when everyone left the crisis tube, even though I had to decide completely on my own to evacuate Prague 1. The experts told us that the water would only rise by 10 centimeters by morning, but we saw during the night that it was rising by 10 centimeters every hour. Therefore, I called the commander of the police department and we initiated an evacuation. In addition, the water did not penetrate the mobile barrier, so the disaster did not happen that day, but in some places even the dog was washed away.
At the time, Igor Nmec was famous for saying in a television interview that the situation was excessively heated. Pitom in the hills behind him could be seen the morning hut from Slap. Expressor claims back that the city management did not receive true information.
The source of the Vltava was bluffing
the head of the crisis tube was the descent of Povod Vltava. This basically gave us new information every two hours. Then we had information from the Czech hydrometeorological situation, which differed from the Vltava headwaters, and today we know back that the meteorologists were right, while the Vltava headwaters were often wrong or sometimes bluffed.
They were wondering how much a cup costs per second, and they didn’t know that they had all the flour. Moreover, according to my vision, the River Vltava fell asleep because the Orlka did not release the water for two years and waited, and it filled up, to the German, with the fact that then nothing could be done and the water poured into the capital for thousands of years.
Igor Nmec also remembers the moment when the former mayor of Prague 8, Josef Nosek, changed Rozstel in one of his walks. Stanislav Gross (SSD) of the Ministry of the Interior at the time actually drank to the crisis and said that the evacuation of Karlno should not have taken place at all. But then he sought information from the meteorologist and subsequently apologized for his behavior during the crisis.
According to Nmec, the other problematic evening was communication with the central government agencies of that time. The newly appointed government was just getting to know its agenda and, according to the spokesperson, it was not functioning as it should. They didn’t know what to do. For example, I remember that the Central River Commission was supposed to function. Minister Libor Ambrozek (KDU-SL) was in charge at the time. But that commission never met, never met. I even think that to this day Mr. Ambrozek does not know that he was its chairman.
To this day, there is a chill in the walls
And has anything changed since then? Would he be ready for something like this after so many years? I hope the laws have changed in this direction. At that time
table on the primtor. If I, as the mayor, had suffered a stroke then, I don’t know who would have made such a callous decision.
It was a time when, as the mayor, I exercised powers that no one had long before and probably not since, states the German. I remember that when the mobile dam was built, we were initially told that there was a leak in one place. Therefore, I submitted student volunteers to clog it up. The walls can still be frostbitten to this day, because if the rust were to loosen by accident, they would all be dead here, probably not seven.
Mayor Igor Nmec celebrated the flood in 2002. (August 9, 2002)
I applied these broad powers in other ways as well. Teba in Palmovce was a house with a warehouse for dogs. When the water receded, it started pouring and there was an unreal smell around. The hygienists reported that there was great danger, so we sent the army there. But the next member of the general’s staff reported that the soldiers had fainted from it and were unable to bring it out. So, in a state of emergency, I gave the order for half of the barge to be demolished. And damn, it was a private house, but I had the authority to break it down at that moment.
According to Igor Nmec, Prague made considerable use of it and prepared for the next possible flood by purchasing a huge number of mobile flood walls, which saved Prague 1 20 years ago. But the main thing is that a similar strong flood will not reach Prague for a very long time.