Quite the news at the pub last night was that the Lebe (Elbe as we call it) is flooding. Normal river level is 2.5 metres…….as of last night it was expected to crest at a little over 6 metres. People living down by the river have been evacuated, the bridges over it are closed. The roads going north and south along it (ie, to Prague or Decin) are shut.
The situation brought back memories of floods in 2002 that killed 17 people, forced tens of thousands from their homes and caused several billion dollars of damage across the country.
Water levels have not reached that point yet but weather forecasters predict the rain will continue for at least another few days, raising the prospect that rivers have not yet peaked.
It\’s not so much that we\’ve had a lot of rain here…..although we have. And it\’s not the snow melt that\’s causing it, that\’s long gone.
It\’s just that it\’s been raining and raining east and south of here. The land is waterlogged, so anything more that comes down is immediately into the streams and rivers. And here in Usti we\’re already a couple of hundred miles downstream.
The emergency system seems pretty good. Everyone knows what to do, things are being done. You can access the estimations of the river level on your phone (and people do).
Current best guess is that it will be not quite as bad as 2002. And yes, I am on higher ground, thank you for asking.
BTW, at 6 metres, the river is carrying 2,000 m3 of water a second through the town……..it\’s a serious river here.