Prague's flood defences are put to the test

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Prague's flood defences are put to the test

Prague's flood defences are put to the test
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The Czech capital, Prague, has been hit hard by the deluge of flooding in Central Europe and a state of emergency has been declared.

More than 50 streets were closed on June 4 and large parts of the underground system were expected to remain shut for days.

Metal barriers, erected along the banks of the river Vltava after devastating floods in 2002, have protected the historical city centre.

One resident told euronews: “It’s like ten years ago, a bit scary, but at least now we have some flood gates.”

Tourists were unable to get to the city sites they came to see.

An Australian visitor said: “We are sad. We will come back tomorrow, perhaps the river will have gone down far enough, we will just have to wait and see.”

The sodden streets reminded many Prague residents of the past, as euronews’ Andrea Hajagos reported from the city:

“Most people seem to be relatively calm about what’s happening, but I’ve talked to a few residents of the city who remember only too well how the flood of 11 years ago partially destroyed their city – and they’re afraid it could happen again.”

Floods in Prague, before and after

  • Floods in Prague

    Kampa Museum on Google Maps

  • Kampa Museum after the flood

  • Smetanovo nábřeží on Google Maps

  • Smetanovo nábřeží after the flood

  • Stefanikuv bridge, Google Maps

  • Stefanikuv bridge after the flood

  • From Legil bridge, Google Maps

  • From Legil bridge after the flood

  • Palmovka area on Google Maps

  • Palmovka area after the flood