The Heat Is Online

March Flood Swamps Parts of Czech Republic

Two feared dead in Czech flood
Julie Galle, March 4, 2000

Two people are feared dead after floods struck the Czech Republic. The situation could worsen, as more rain is possible this weekend.

Czech television stations showed video of flooded streets and houses submerged up to their ground-floor windows in the lowland valley communities below the Orlicke, Jizerske and Krkonose mountains.

One station quoted Interior Minister Vaclav Grulich as saying, "There have been two deaths reported so far. The second case has not yet been completely confirmed."

Officials have not finished investigating the death of a 65-year-old woman who reportedly drowned after being caught in flood waters.

A state of emergency is in place in parts of northern and eastern Bohemia and more than 200 people have been evacuated.

Although water levels in some rivers in the most affected areas were receding, others are rising. The country’s largest river, the Labe, is expected to peak early Saturday morning. It has already broken its banks in several areas below the mountains.