Prague has closed its river embankments and the gates of the Čertovka canal in response to heavy rainfall and the risk of flooding. The decision was made in consultation with meteorologists and flood prevention authorities. The aim is to prevent a rise in the level of the Vltava River, which could occur if the flow rate exceeds 450 cubic meters per second. This would trigger the first stage of flood activity.
According to the city’s press release, the authorities have been in contact with the Vltava River Basin, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, and other relevant agencies since Friday. The situation is being monitored regularly, and preventive measures have been taken to protect the lives and property of the city’s residents.
The gates of the Čertovka canal were tested earlier in the week, and they are now fully operational in case of flooding. The city’s mayor, Bohuslav Svoboda, emphasized the importance of prevention measures in protecting the city’s inhabitants and property. He stated that the authorities would continue to monitor the situation and take further action if necessary.
Despite the absence of significant rainfall in the immediate future, there are concerns that further downpours could occur in the coming days. The flow rate of the Vltava River is expected to increase around 8 p.m. on the day of the closure. The river’s water level was approximately 400 cubic meters per second before the preventive measures were taken.
The closure of the embankments and the Čertovka canal affects areas in Prague 1, 2, and 5. Some events scheduled on the embankments have been canceled or curtailed due to the decision. In addition, ferry services will be disrupted if the flow rate exceeds the threshold for the first stage of flood activity.
The flow rate of the Vltava River is regulated by dams along the river, which are prepared for further rainfall. However, additional flood prevention measures will be necessary if the flow rate exceeds 550 cubic meters per second. There are no plans to take other action, as the authorities believe the current measures are sufficient to protect the city.
The decision to close the river embankments and the Čertovka Canal in Prague is a necessary precautionary measure to prevent flooding. The authorities closely monitor the situation and are prepared to take further action if necessary. Despite the challenges posed by heavy rainfall, Prague’s flood prevention measures are effective, and the city’s residents can be assured that their safety and well-being are a top priority.