Heavy rain and strong winds have swept through the Czech Republic, river levels are rising again



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The meteorologists’ warning came true. Thunderstorms, downpours, hail and strong gusts of wind swept across the Czech Republic on Sunday. Firefighters from the Pardubice and Liberec regions report dozens of departures. Around 9 pm were the heaviest downpours in the Olomouc region. The meteorologists’ warning of heavy rains is valid in Moravia until Monday afternoon.

The first storms appeared in western Bohemia on Sunday early afternoon. Around 3 pm, a belt of storms stretched from the South Bohemian Region through Central Bohemia to Liberec, where the precipitation was strongest.

Firefighters from the Liberec region intervened mainly in the Semily and Jablonec regions. They were busy with fallen trees and power lines. In some places, the roads were completely or partially impassable, said Lucie Hložková, a spokeswoman for the regional fire brigade. “We have more than 15 events reported so far,” she said on Sunday afternoon. The places where the trees fell on the lines were handed over by firefighters to the employees of the ČEZ energy company.

The level of the Kněžná River in Rychnov nad Kněžnou, after heavy night rains, rose to the first degree of flood on Monday morning. Due to the ongoing rain, the Elbe river basin is also on the rise of other rivers in the Upper Elbe and Orlice river basins.

“Currently, we record precipitation in most areas with totals of up to 30 liters per square meter, in Eastern Bohemia and Vysočina up to 45 to 50 liters per square meter,” said Jiří Petr, head of the Elbe River Basin control room. Further heavy rainfall in the northeast of Bohemia could reach 20 to 30 liters of water per square meter, occasionally even more. After past rains, the area is saturated with water.

Kněžná in Rychnov nad Kněžnou crossed the limit of the first flood stage in the amount of 100 centimeters today at 06:00. After 08:30 it was at the level of 127 centimeters. The boundary of the second flood stage is 130 centimeters. Orlice in Týniště nad Orlicí and Divoká Orlice in Kostelec nad Orlicí also showed significant rises in water levels, so far without flood degrees.

In Dolní Rovno on Lodrantka and Dolní Ředice on the Ředický stream in the Pardubice region, the third, highest flood level was declared. The Ředický stream overflowed its banks. At the request of Deputy Mayor Ivana Pokorná, a flood wave was announced in Dolní Ředice, and the population received a warning, said Vendula Horáková, a spokeswoman for the regional fire brigade.

Firefighters report dozens of night trips

Due to heavy rains on Monday night, firefighters in the Pardubice Region had a total of 21 departures by 7:00. Most often they drew water from flooded cellars or roads. “The Pardubice and Holice areas were hit the hardest, the Svitavy and Ústí nad Orlicí districts were less affected,” said the firefighters’ operations officer.

In the Pardubice region, for example, rains complicate traffic on the busy I / 35 road. In Ostřetín and Holice, the water flooded the road, there is a shuttle in one lane.

Meteorologists warned against the rapid flooding of smaller streams, flooding of cellars, fall of trees or lightning injuries. Due to the strong wind, which in places in gusts reached speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour, people had to secure windows, doors or loose objects in the gardens.

Especially in Moravia and Silesia, it will rain heavily on Mondays as well. According to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, there is a risk of flooding on Monday and Tuesday mornings in some regions.

The warning against rising river levels applies to the South Bohemian, Pardubice and Olomouc regions, most of the Moravian-Silesian region and parts of the Pilsen, Central Bohemian, Hradec Králové and South Moravian regions and the Vysočina region. Especially on smaller watercourses, the levels can rise up to the level of the third flood stage.


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