ss="posted">Posted by at August 13, 2002 01:06 PM

Let's keep a little perspective here. Yes the flood is bad and the city will be beat up a little and some monuments will have to be repaired (as they've all been repaired many times before).
But, it will (mostly) still be there when the flood waters recede and any old Central European city worth its salt is used to being knocked around some and not shutting down.
I saw Wroclaw, Poland barely two months after the 1997 floods (not as bad as the present ones, granted but pretty bad, nevertheless) and if I hadn't known how high the water had been I'd never have guessed.
This is not to minimize the deaths or destroyed homes and businesses (and dreams) that natural disasters of this magnitude bring, but some media (most annoyingly BBC World) have made it sound as if the entire city will be washed away leaving nothing but fields of rocks and water-logged Mozart wigs, never to rise again.
Praha does not need to be memorialized before it's all swept away. It will need some help getting back up to steam, but signs are it will have it.

Posted by: michael farris at August 14, 2002 02:16 AM

Where would you recommend sending donations?

Posted by: John Cole at August 14, 2002 04:53 AM

Actually, the point of the memorialization is not for a city that may or may not be washed away by flooding, but for a large group of us whose memories of the time we lived together in Prague are being washed away by rivers of booze and hard living; we want to document it all before our brains deteriorate beyond remedy (considering how we lived, I'm guessing somewhere around 40).

Posted by: Ken B at August 14, 2002 09:39 AM

I'm trying to get something in the works, donation-wise. Matt? Hi...did you get my mail?

cau, Shannon

Posted by: Shannon at August 14, 2002 05:43 PM
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