Czech Republic hit by regional floods
A three day flood simulation exercise unexpectedly turned into the real thing on Thursday night as rain-swollen rivers broke their banks in many parts of the Czech Republic. Firefighters and police were out in force in Moravia and Silesia where several villages had to be evacuated overnight and large parts of south Bohemia remain on high flood alert.
Two hundred people were evacuated from their homes in the Bruntal area and firefighters had to deal with dozens of emergencies, removing fallen trees and high voltage power lines. Electricity supplies were cut off to 9,000 homes and, fearing the worst, many people spent the night filling sandbags and erecting barriers along the riverbank. Memories of the 2002 floods, which devastated large parts of the country, are still fresh and the inhabitants of flood prone areas now fear the worst. In Prague -which has not been affected - the sun came out on Friday morning but in the southern and eastern parts of the country people are still waiting for a let-up.