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Slovakia’s flooding situation is stabilised with water levels falling
7 Jun 2010 Flash News
A stabilised flooding situation, with water-levels falling in all streams in Slovakia since the evening of June 5, is being used by the Slovak Water Management Company (SVP) and its employees to clean up the significant damage, the TASR newswire reported.
The situation in Košice region is stabilised with water levels dropping everywhere. The fire brigade was forced to intervene at several places in the region over the weekend, however, evacuating several people from Nižná Myšľa whose houses were flooded. In Sady nad Torysou, a dam overflowed and several houses were flooded as a result. More than 50 people had to be evacuated and the fire brigade had to remove fallen trees from under a bridge.
A dam was also leaking in Čaňa, and the fire brigade pumped water from houses as well as from a football field. Hot water supplies in Košice were cut off on June 5, with 10,000 families also left without electricity, Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek told journalists. The minister noted that a 110-kilovolt switching station was taken out of operation after part of it was flooded in the morning. At first, the electricity cut affected as many as 130,000 people, but technicians later managed to restore supplies to several parts of the city, said Jahnátek.
Mayor of Nižná Myšľa, Marián Karvanský, ordered the evacuation of people living near the Hornád River on Saturday morning due to rising water-levels caused by releases from the Ružín dam. In Nižná Mysšľa, massive erosion damaged dozens of houses on Friday, leaving many people homeless. Around 500 evacuated people from the town of Stará Ľubovňa (Prešov region) were allowed to return to their homes as the water-level on the Poprad River in this area dropped by 90 centimetres overnight. The situation in Kežmarok (Prešov region) area has stabilised, though some villages have been cut off, however, and could not be assessed.
The Danube River in the Bratislava borough of Devín reached its highest point at over 800 centimetres on Saturday, TASR was told by Peter Minárik from the Bratislava branch of the Slovak Water Management Company. As far as the lower section of the Danube is concerned, Minárik told TASR that mobile barriers have been also installed in the town of Štúrovo (Nitra region). According to the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ), the level of the Danube reached 833 centimetres in Bratislava and 789 centimetres in Devín at 18:00 on Saturday, and both stations announced a second-degree flood alert. Meanwhile, a third-degree flood alert was announced on the Morava River in Kopčany, Moravský Svätý Ján (Trnava region) and Záhorská Ves (Bratislava region).
Source: TASR, ČTK
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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