Prague Zoo suffers flood damage in the millions
In 2002, Prague Zoo was one of a number of key Prague sites devastated by flooding. A little over ten years later, the zoo again was not spared. Despite improvements in prevention and preparation, its lower levels are once again under water. Damage to pavilions and the lower part of the site has already been estimated at more than 100 million. If confirmed, the figure is not far off the one posted eleven years ago.
“The situation is very similar to 11 years ago. While the water has not risen quite as high, we are very concerned that the damage to buildings, pavilions and equipment will be almost the same to that of 2002. It is a tragedy for us.”
Once the flood waters do begin to recede and clean-up operations begin, it is clear it will be some time before life at the zoo returns to anything like normal. The head of the zoo Miroslav Bobek again:
All the same, Prague Zoo is intent on reopening as soon as possible. Even if its lower levels will be off limits indefinitely, the plan is to open its doors to visitors on Wednesday – putting a brave face on the difficult weeks and months to come.