Floods in Prague and Czech Republic

Large flood exercise in Prague in three weeks

Flood barriers along the Vltava river To make sure that Prague is prepared to face a new torrent and that various teams of rescuers are capable to cooperate effectively in case of danger there will be a flood exercise in about three weeks.

The three-day exercise will take place in 6 district of the Czech Republic and the capital city along the rivers Vltava and Labe. The flood exercise shouldn’t affect the daily life of Prague citizens and visitors.

The largest flood exercise so far was held a year ago, on 22nd July 2006. 600 rescuers managed to build barriers around Kampa and Lesser Town in 11 hours.

5 years from the worst floods in Prague

Floods in Prague [08/200] Today at about 15:00 it’s been exactly 5 years since the river Vltava got to its peak in Prague during the catastrophic floods. The flow of the river, which is normally about 150 cubic liters per second was 5, 250 cubic litres per second. 48 thousand people had to be evacuated.

Five years later 95% of Prague is protected from high water. Prague has already invested 2 billion CZK into anti-flood measures, still 1,5 billion will be invested in Prague-Troja, -Zbraslav and -Radotin. 600 million CZK will go from the state budget.

The metropolis has 18-kilometer-long barriers against the big water, 5 kilometer of which are mobile. In case of emergency the anti-flood system can be fully activated within 24 hours.

Nearly five years from the terrible floods in Prague

Floods in Prague in 2002 It’s been almost five years since the catastrophic floods devastated the Czech Republic (August 2002). A critical situation was in southern, central and northern Bohemia, Prague included. Due to the terrible amount of water and probably a human flaw, the metro system in Prague was out of order for several months.

The metro system came into full operation in March 2003. The reconstruction works cost incredible seven billiard CZK. Thanks to this sad experience, the metro system is now protected against “big water” much better.

In most metro stations there are high barriers that could protect the metro from floods similar to the ones in 2002. A new anti-flood plan appoints the manager of the public transport to decide on what conditions the metro should be closed and what to do if the water level rises.

The last water damaged book was dried up

Catastrophic floods in the Czech Republic in 2002 caused big damages and loss of several lives. One of the most afflicted buildings in Prague was the Municipal Library with its collection of about 20 thousand precious historical books. Conservators managed to dry the last damaged book.

The muddy water damaged many precious books as well as restoration workrooms and deposit libraries. Wet books had been frozen before the conservators could work on them.

The National Museum in Wenceslas Square presents an exhibition that shows the work of specialists recovering books after floods from the National Museum’s fonds. These books come from chateau libraries on the banks of the Vltava river. This exhibition is open until the end of January.

Floods 2002 - Photo exhibition

Association of Czech photographers presents in Karlin an exhibition of amateur photos with a theme of Prague floods in year 2002. You can see the photos in the gallery of Association of Czech photographers, where is placed thirty pictures from different authors.

The gallery is in Kollarova street 14 in Prague-Karlin. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 2pm – 6pm. Entrance fee is 10 crowns. The exhibition ends 5th September.

In addition, the association organizes photographic competition focused on new face of Prague district Karlin.

New device against floods - 16 pumps

Prague now can fight with floods more effectively. Sixteen pumps in total cost 19 millions Czech crowns are now prepared for use. Two of them was tested yesterday.

Four of them can pump over 200 litres of water in second, the rest 100 litres. The pumps are for pumping waste water from blocked areas into Vltava. It is because precautions are not only sand walls or barriers. The canalization has to be closed, because water can easily get to protected places through them.

Biggest part of cost was payed by Prague, the rest of money was from Europe union Structural funds and the state budget.

Water at roads

Water in Bohemia is still slowly rising. There in no good forecast for next days. Rain will be today in Bohemia, tomorrow will move above Moravia.

Capital city of Prague is still at floods level one – the vigilance, but some Prague districts are at level three – the threat. It is one of southern districts – Lipence, which is between junction of Vltava and Beronuka river. Especially Berounka is at higher level – it is five-level.

A road connecting Lipence and the rest of Prague and the republic is one meter under water. Boats and ships has forbidden access on Vltava except Barrandov bridge-Smichov sector. Restaurants at river bank has closed gardens for customers.

Out of Prague water made some damage in Pilsen. A town close to Prague – Cernosice has about five houses with basement full of water, about 25 cottages is under water. Luzice river at Tabor area made a damage in Mirovice: 25 houses was flooded.

Water is decreasing in some regions like Karlovy Vary. Present loss is expected as tens of millions CZK.

Water is rising again

It is not a month and water is raising again.
Worst situation is in Western Bohemia region at rivers Vydra in Morava area, Otava in Susice area, Klabava in Rokycany area and Mze in Tachov area. Emergency status is at Rokycany area.

Prague is in first level – vigilance. Doors at Vltava protecting blind stream branch Certovka has been preventively closed.

It is awful that floods become only after two days of raining. It was almost never happening. It could rain whole week and there was no floods.

Prague islands on Vltava river will change

Vltava river has seven islands in Prague with different purposes and content. Some of them will change face on account of next floods.

Slovansky (or Zofinsky, “Slavic”) island has new anti flood equipment including barriers.
Strelecky (“Shooting”) island will have only current restaurant and park.
Stvanice island should be mostly revitalized. It is panned to build park, sport ground. Ice stadium and tennis-court still.
Cisarsky (“Emperor”) island will remove colony of gardens and cottages, sewage disposal plant will be extended by one third. Remain of park and riding club will continue its existence.

Rohan and Liben islands are not islands technically, but still they are in small level above the river. Concreting plant will be demolished, there would be park and recreation place. Golfers, gardens and bazaar should disappear.

Water and photos

An article by one foreigner who is living in Prague describing water rising in Prague. Fortunately water level in Prague was low.

With the warm temps, much of the snow and ice from the winter has begun to melt and flood the Vltava. Maybe it’s because I’m not tuned into the local news media, but there is very little hype about this. There have been some extra barriers put up, but really, no one seems that worried. Apparently this happens every year, and 3 or 4 years ago there were some real bad floods, so this year’s is pretty paltry in comparison.
In any case, the Vltava has flooded, and has provided some interesting photo opportunities.


The end of floods

Water is on many places of Czech Republic still at high level, but meteorologists claim, that there is no danger of rising. Water is decreasing very slowly, but constantly.

There is no danger in spreading bird flu because of floods, but it seems that flood will have extremely increasing effect on mosquito’s population.

Four days was man captured on the island on Dyje river because of floods. He lost 10 kilograms of weight and survived with an empty can from lemonade, a knife and a lighter.

Floods in Prague: Day three

  • The floods commission sit today at 10.30 AM.
  • There is still 2nd level of Flood activity.
  • The Prague Zoo will not evacuate. The level of water at Troja is even lower than a bottom of anti-floods barriers.
  • Prague Half Marathon will not be cancelled. The start is at Charles Bridge today at midday.
  • The flow of Vltava river has decreased, there was 1340 cubic meters at 8 PM.

Floods in Prague: Day two

Prague has the Second level of Flood activity – Preparedness.
Barriers are risen, ships are prohibited to sail, all of them have to be in protected docks. The Transport company of Prague says, that the metro is prepared against theoretical floods. A test has been made during last night at Invalidovna and Florenc station.

Floods in the Czech Republic

The freezing weather has changed by thaw and billions of tons of thawing snow is now filling the rivers with many hectoliters of water.
As in many places in the Czech Republic, Prague is preparing for 10-year level water. Experienced by last flood, the anti-flood barriers are are now raised along the Vltava river.
This floods shouldn’t threaten the historical part of the town as well as Charles Bridge.