Floods Threatening Prague, Southern Bohemia: You can go to Yahoo or Drudge for the latest Euro-flooding news; here's an e-mail I just received from a good friend in Prague:
So the situation at almost 10pm here is that the waters are now at 20-year-event levels (with water set to rise 2.5 meters by midnight), and the question is whether or not they'll let it get to 50-year-event levels (with water set to rise by 5 meters). [...]Cross your fingers for the safety of our Central European friends. The Southern Bohemian towns he mentioned are among the most beautiful places in the world. As is, of course, Prague itself. Posted by at August 12, 2002 01:36 PM
Question is whether or not it'll stop raining or not. So far it hasn't.
The Prime Minister has declared a state of emergency for Prague and Southern Bohemia. Cesky Krumlov and Ceske Budejovice are hardest hit, with the Vltava River at Ceske Budejovice overrunning its banks and hitting a lot of houses. 5,000 people had to be evacuated from the Southern Bohemian towns of Strakonice and Pisek. In Cesky Krumlov, the water is up to the street we stayed on this winter; not the river side, but the other side.
One weird story they showed had people from all over Ceske Budejovice bringing their junk to the flooded areas because they knew that there'd be garbage trucks to take stuff away.
They've closed down the Staromestska, Malostranska and Hradcanska metro stations in Prague due to flood danger, but it's the Vltavska metro that's in the biggest danger. They have put sandbags along the riverbank in a lot of places in town; Lavka is gonna be pretty hard hit. There were sandbags on the doors of the churches near the Charles Bridge. One of the owners of one of the touristy boats forgot to anchor it, and it was about to pull away from the dock and was in danger of running into the Charles Bridge. But the Interior Minister said he'd blow it up before it got to that. That I want to see. [...]
Kampa is about to go underwater. They're predicting that in the next couple of hours.
Out here at the cottage, things are relatively calm. Relatively. The cottages by the river have had to be evacuated; [our] relatives who have their cottage down by the bridge in Revnice are about to be inundated. Roads are still clear, though, and look to stay that way overnight. Trains are running along the riverbank. On the way in we saw soldiers sandbagging in Revnice.
And still the rain keeps coming down. Maybe I should get a Czech version of the Geocell website up. And a German version and an Italian version and a Hungarian version. Man, northern Austria got hit pretty bad. 1-2 billion dollars damage is what they're saying so far.