Labe has reached peak flow in some areas, north Bohemia expects water to rise at night

Although water in the Labe river has stopped rising in most areas south of Litoměřice, north Bohemian towns of Děčín and Ústí nad Labem await the river's peak on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Both towns have been increasing flooded, as the Labe overflows the flood walls set up on the embankments. Access to bridges, railroad stations and most streets that run along the river are under water. Distribution of electricity, gas and in some cases even running water in parts of both towns has been limited.

So far, this week’s floods in the Czech Republic claimed eight lives and some 19,000 people had to leave their homes. Some 31 thousand people around the country lost access to drinking water in their places of residence in the past four days, after flood water contaminated 636 wells and 72 public waterways.

Author: Masha Volynsky