High flood alerts remain in place on two rivers

Water levels on a number of swollen rivers in north-eastern Bohemia and Moravia began subsiding on Friday night, leaving high flood alerts only on the Dědina and Orlice, where levels, however, have also fallen. With the risk of floods abating and conditions improving on Friday, families who had been evacuated from their homes in areas began returning. Despite improvements, some 170 people were nevertheless evacuated from local summer camps. Some lower-category roads had been closed in the Liberec, Hradec Králové regions and parts of northern Moravia. Earlier in the week some rail routes had been closed because they were either waterlogged or hampered by fallen trees. The Czech Republic was hit by disastrous floods one year ago, which caused major damage and claimed several lives.

Author: Jan Velinger