Illustrative photo – Rain and melting snow in the mountains raised the levels of Šumava rivers. Flooded Roklanský stream in Modrava in Klatovsk, January 4, 2022.
Prague – In the Vysočina and Šumava parts, in the border area from Krkonoše to Jeseníky and in Vsetínsk, due to rapid thawing, they may until Sunday evening of snow, water levels should rise, but they should not overflow their banks. Strong winds with gusts of up to 70 kilometers per hour are expected by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) throughout almost the entire Czech Republic today, especially in the west and south of the territory on Sunday. Meteorologists updated the warning today.
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The warning of the first, i.e. the lowest, level of flood activity is valid from 11:00 a.m. today for the vicinity of Žďár nad Sázavou and Poličky, in the evening the warning will also extend to the border in the south from Sušice to Trhová Sviny and in the north from Tanvald and Železné Brod to Šumperk. Watercourses in the Vsetín Region may also be put on flood alert. The river Sázava in Žďár and the nearby village of Sázava was at the first level of flood activity around 11:30.
A flood warning is in effect until 6:00 PM Sunday. “The rises will continue until tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, when the situation should gradually stabilize as a result of the cooling,” said Štefan Handžák from ČHMÚ. People should not walk in streambeds or ride boats in areas with a flood warning. Meteorologists have warned that the stability of trees may decrease due to increased water runoff from the landscape.
The warning against strong winds until late tonight covers the entire territory of the Czech Republic, with the exception of the foothills from Roudnice nad Labem to Semily, Zlínský region and the eastern parts of the South Moravian Region, including Brno. The wind is supposed to calm down in the evening, it should blow strongly again on Sunday from morning until around 4:00 p.m. already in a smaller part of the Czech Republic. The warning for Sunday applies only to the southern part of the territory to Břeclav and Prostějov in the east and to Chomutov, Rakovník, Kutná Hora, Chrudim and Lanškroun in the north. It should not be blowing strongly in Prague on Sunday.
The wind can damage trees and cause minor damage to buildings and complications in traffic. People can be injured by wind-blown objects or broken branches. They should secure windows and doors, remove or secure loose objects. In the mountains, the ČHMÚ advises them to limit their hikes and especially not go to ridges.