ÄŒTK is reporting that the flood situation could worsen on Wednesday and Thursday due to predicted warming in mountain areas.
This would worsen the flood situation, Interior Minister FrantiÅ¡ek Bublan said after today’s meeting of the Central Crisis Group.
While today and Tuesday the forecast is for cloud cover and snow showers in the mountains, this should turn to rain by Wednesday, which would influence thaws in the Beskydy and Jeseniky mountains, according to Ivan ObrusnÃk, the director of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute.
The Institute will provide more accurate information on Tuesday. According to findings so far, temperatures in Moravia should be above zero degrees on Wednesday, while in Bohemia temperatures would be around freezing. Possible further rains accompanied by warming could raise the levels of both the Vltava and Labe rivers, which would complicate an already tense situation in ÃšstÃ nad Labe and could again affect Prague.
In the event the water rises, a mild threat for Prague could occur that would mean stopping the metro, for example,” the interior minister said today.
Levels of Czech and Moravian rivers except for the lower Labe and Dyje are now falling or stagnating. High water of the Labe in ÃšstÃ nad Labem should occur tonight around midnight. Drainage of flooded areas will be slow.
Up-to-date information can be found at the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute’s web page at http://www.chmu.cz
Three border crossings, atÂ HÅ™ensko, HevlÃna a LanÅ¾hota are flooded. Several police buildings are underwater as well, with a total of 10 affected countrywide. Police President Vladislav HusÃ¡k, at a press conference after the Crisis Group’s meeting confirmed that police are guarding evacuated persons’ property. There has been only one case of illegal activity related to the flood, an attempt to dismantle an anti-flood barrier in Prague.Â The perpetrator was arrested.