Insurance companies say the damage caused by Thursday’s flash floods is
likely to reach tens of millions of crowns.
Insurers say hundreds of insurance claims were made in the course of Friday and more are expected in the coming days, since many people and institutions were engaged in emergency clean-up work and are only now taking stock of the damage.
Flash floods hit dozen of towns and villages in the central, southern and western parts of Bohemia.
Clean-up operations are underway in central, western and southern Bohemia
which were hit by flash floods on Thursday night.
Flood alerts have been called off, but a number of roads were still closed in the Karlovy Vary region on Friday and many homes remained without electricity.
Firemen have been working around-the-clock to clear roads and pump water from cellars in the wake of Thursday’s storms. The severe storms hit the country following a lengthy period of drought.
Heavy rain overnight and on Sunday has swollen rivers in north Bohemia with a flood alert in place in the Liberec and Hradec Kralove regions. Second and third degree alerts are in place in many villages along the Labe, Jizera and Kamenice rivers which have exerienced flash floods in the past. Anti-flood measures are being effected, such as bags of sand being placed along the embanments. The situation is expected to improve at the start of the week.
In the debate about climate change, climate is often seen as the given – the main factor that is impacting nature and, of course, people. But, it’s a two way street with scientists increasingly aware of how local and regional changes are dramatically changing local environmental conditions and plants and animals as well. And that was the main theme as a host of Czech experts were brought together by the Czech Academy of Science in Prague this week.
The newly reconstructed Werich villa on Prague’s Kampa, once the home of the famous Czech actor Jan Werich, opened to the public on Friday evening. The villa was reconstructed by the Prague city hall after being severely damaged by floods over a decade ago and is now leased by the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, which has turned it into the Voskovec and Werich Arts and Social Centre in honour of the great Czech acting duo. Visitors will be able to view many of Werich’s personal belongings as well as costumes from his films. The centre will also offer lectures, exhibitions and other events. Actor Jan Werich lived in the villa from 1945 until his death in 1980.
The newly reconstructed Werich villa on Prague’s Kampa, once the home of the famous Czech actor Jan Werich, opens to the public on Friday evening. The historical building has been uninhabited and falling apart since it was severely damaged by floods over a decade ago. The reconstruction, which was financed by Prague 1 authorities, amounted to around 30 million crowns. The villa is now leased by the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, which has turned it into the Voskovec and Werich Arts and Social Centre in honour of the great Czech acting duo. The centre will offer lectures, exhibitions and other events.
Heavy rain throughout Wednesday night has swollen rivers in central and westerns parts of the Czech Republic. The town of Radotín near Prague registered 110 mm of precipitation overnight. The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute has issued second-degree flood warning for the regions of Prague, Beroun and Pilsen, which will remain in place until Friday morning. Heavy rain is set to continue in the eastern part of the country until Thursday afternoon.
Flood alerts are still in place on several rivers in the Czech Republic as a result of a sudden warming, melting snow in the mountain regions. It has been combined with persistent rain. An extreme flood alert is in place in the north of the country below the Krkonoše, Jizerské and Orlické mountains. Mid-level warnings are in place in the regions of Liberec and Ústí nad Labem. Meteorologists expect water levels to start dropping as of Thursday afternoon.
Melting snow and heavy rainfall have raised water levels on rivers in some parts of the Czech Republic. The worst affected areas are in the regions of Liberec and Děčín in the north of the country, where the highest level flood alerts have been declared. Authorities have also issued flood warnings in the Pilsen and South Bohemian regions. Meanwhile, meteorologists expect more rain and strong winds in the days to come.