Rising Flood Levels Pose Threat to Several Czech Locations


The heavy rains and melting snow have triggered flood warnings in 55 locations across the Czech Republic. The highest level of flood activity, known as the third level (SPA), remains in effect on the Vltava River in Český Krumlov.

The flood threat is not limited to Český Krumlov. Ten stations reported the second level of flood activity, indicating readiness. Among these are locations along the upper course of the Elbe in Vestřev, on the Trutnov region, and its lower course in Litoměřice, Ústí nad Labem, and Děčín.

Over 40 locations recorded the lowest level of flood alert at 5:30 am. This data is based on information provided on the website of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ).

On Wednesday, just before 6 pm, the water level in the Vltava River in Český Krumlov rose to the third level of flood activity when the level reached 221 centimeters. The town hall stated that the water level will stay around the third level of flood activity for longer because the water managers are releasing more water from the Lipno reservoir than usual.

While preparations continue, the flood committee has secured critical places along the river, deploying about 1,000 sandbags. A crisis hotline, 380 766 222, remains in operation.

Sources indicate that the flood alert will also apply to Cidlina in Nový Bydžov, Orlice in Týniště nad Orlicí, Divoká Orlice in Orlické Záhoří, Úpa in Zlíč, and Ohře under the Skalka reservoir in Cheb.

The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute warns of further rising water levels across most of the country’s territories. It is predicted that heavy snow or rain will continue to fall on Šumava, the Giant Mountains, and the Orlické Mountains. Strong winds are also expected, especially in the southern half of Bohemia, with gusts in some areas exceeding speeds of 65 kilometers per hour. The precipitation is expected to lessen, and the wind will die by the evening.