Flooding Concerns Rise as Rainfall Submerges Eastern Czech Republic Rivers

Rainfall in the eastern part of the Czech Republic has led to the flooding of smaller rivers, causing concern among local communities. On Wednesday morning, the water levels of numerous rivers reached flood stages at multiple locations. The Velička River, for instance, briefly reached the third level of flood activity at the Velká nad Veličkou station.

Meteorologists have predicted a swift decrease in water levels following the peak, with the downstream flow causing the water levels to rise further along the river, potentially reaching the third flood level in Strážnice. However, they do not anticipate the flood level being exceeded in the Morava River.

The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) issued flood alerts at various monitoring stations in the affected regions. Stations in Bystřička, located above and below the Vsetínsko reservoir, reported flood vigilance. Additionally, the first level of flood vigilance was implemented along the Vsetínská Bečva in Vsetín, Velká Stanovnice below the Karolinka reservoir, and Zděchovka in Zděchov.

Other rivers under flood vigilance included the Bečva in Teplice nad Bečvou, Lubina in Petřvald, and Ropičanka in the village of Řeka. Authorities emphasized the need for caution and vigilance in these areas.

Meteorologists have observed significant precipitation in the affected regions. Some areas in the Beskids and Jeseníky Mountains experienced rainfall of around 50 millimeters per square meter at night. The ČHMÚ warned of potential river flooding, particularly in the Dyje, Jihlava, and Třebůvka basins. They predict that water levels in the Lužnice basin in southern Bohemia will peak on Thursday.

Over the next 24 hours, an additional 30 millimeters of precipitation is expected in the eastern part of the country. The ČHMÚ’s warning regarding rising water levels remains in effect, urging residents to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions.