Swollen River Threatens Prague

By Evan Duffey, Meteorologist
June 03, 2013; 2:51 AM
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The city of Prague continues to brace itself for heavy flooding, as the Vltava River continues to rise.

The combination of snow melt, an overly wet winter, and recent rainy activity has led to quickly rising water levels along the Vltava River, which runs directly through the heart of Prague, the Czech Republic's capital city.

The city has been doing its best to mitigate the potential for flood damage. Authorities setting up metal walls along the river in attempt to hold back water, reports the AP. Many roads, trains, and subway systems have been closed as a result of the preparations.

A family watches the swollen Vltava river in the center of Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Heavy rainfalls cause flooding along rivers and lakes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. (AP Photo/CTK, Roman Vondrous)

More rural areas have already been inundated, with multiple evacuations being required in the surrounding region.

To make matters worse, storminess will ensure that at the very least the weather won't be dry over the next couple of days, with showers and the occasional thunderstorm adding to the torrent over the next couple of days.

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Drier weather will finally arrive by Wednesday; however, it will be too late to prevent flooding from occurring.

The region is naturally susceptible to flooding. In August of 2002, the worst flood in modern times brought devastating flooding to eastern Europe. The result was billions of euros in damage and dozens of deaths.


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