/PHOTO GALLERY/ Prague in danger: Evacuation! This was the main headline of Večerník Praha on August 13, 2002, which is the successor of Pražský deník. See what was written about the floods that day.
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Devastating flood in 2002, Velká Chuchle.
| Photo: Courtesy of the Vltava Basin
At that time, the editors covered the floods on several pages. A day earlier, the water in Prague began to rise and the evacuation of residents began. So far, the articles are about fifty-year-old water. “At night, it was decided to evacuate 25 thousand people in Karlín,” reads one of the articles. At that time, ambulances also evacuated the Františka Hospital in Prague 1.
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The letter also recalls the situation in the zoo, where the migration of some animals began. “Monkeys, large turtles, but also birds were relocated,” it was written at the time. And the small headline Metro is safe caught his attention. So far, the underground railway was running, although people were afraid to use the subway for fear of water.
The first wave of flooding August 9 The rains in the south of Bohemia have stopped and the water has receded. The Vltava reached a flow rate of 1500 m³/s (3 SPA) and began to decline. 10th of August The first wave of flooding has ended and a major clean-up and damage assessment has begun, but they warned of more sustained rainfall. The Vltava in Prague has dropped to the second level of flood activity. August 11th In the afternoon, it began to rain heavily in the south of Bohemia, the water managers released the dams, but promised that the Vltava in Prague would not reach the first wave of flooding.
The second wave of flooding Aug. 12 the second wave is expected to be much stronger than the first. August 13 Electricity supply was interrupted in the historic center of Prague. The Velká Chuchle racecourse was completely flooded. August 14th The Vltava in Prague reached a flow rate of 5160 m3/s at 12 o’clock in Velká Chuchla at a water level of 782 cm, Karlín and the Prague metro were flooded.
Source: Diary/Jan Lakomý
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