East of Czech Republic at serious risk from floods

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Much of the eastern part of the Czech Republic is currently being threatened by floods. Despite forecasts suggesting little rain on Thursday, meteorologists have placed 10 districts in the country in the highest state of alertness.

Dřevnice river in Zlín, photo: Ondřej Tomšů

Several districts in Eastern Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia have seen water levels rise to a threatening height, after days of rainfall in which precipitation reached as high as 168 litres per square meter.

Specifically the rivers Chrudimka, Novohradka, Bečva, Opava, Valová, Svratka and Morava have been close to overflowing in various towns. In some areas the water has already reached roads, fields, gardens and cellars.

Photo: Jsf Abb

Firefighters have been busy pumping out water from flooded locations and building walls out of sandbags. In many areas they have also had to clear away trees and branches broken by strong winds.

The latest forecasts suggest little or no rainfall in the area, but for now, a high level of alertness is in place for most of Moravia and Silesia, as well as parts of East Bohemia.