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Flood threats lessen as Slovak rivers’ peak over weekend

The level of the Morava River, which has been under a third-degree flood alert since Friday, March 6, has now begun to drop and the prospects for a further drop are good, water officials said on March 8. Deputy Director of the Bratislava Water Company Peter Minárik attributed the favourable situation to the cooler and fair weather, the TASR newswire wrote. He said that water company staff is busy clearing up trees and other debris that has washed ashore. The Morava River level, according to him, peaked earlier on Saturday, March 7 and there has been no property damage.

The level of the Morava River, which has been under a third-degree flood alert since Friday, March 6, has now begun to drop and the prospects for a further drop are good, water officials said on March 8. Deputy Director of the Bratislava Water Company Peter Minárik attributed the favourable situation to the cooler and fair weather, the TASR newswire wrote. He said that water company staff is busy clearing up trees and other debris that has washed ashore. The Morava River level, according to him, peaked earlier on Saturday, March 7 and there has been no property damage.

In the Bratislava neighbourhood of Vajnory, streets were cleaned on Monday morning, March 9, after floods over the weekend. The threat of further flooding also eased in the this part of Bratislava where standing water abounded in the wet soil and fields near the former airport and near a traffic roundabout. In the streets that had been flooded during the weekend, rescuers cleaned layers of mud and dirt, the mayor’s advisor Mário Schwab told TASR. A sudden thaw and torrents of rainwater caused problems in sewage systems, especially near the borough’s health care centre and in Roľnícka Street.

The Stupavská Street in Malacky was the most problematic part in this town. Water drained away from the industrial park in Továrenská Street and flooded gardens and cellars of five houses. It was caused mainly by clogged drainage sewers.

In the Košice region, the rivers have been returning to normal level. On the Hornád river near Kysak and near Ždaňa in the Košice vicinity, the first flood level warning remains in effect – as well as in Olšava near Bohdanovce.
Water experts now expect rivers to fall under the level at which further first level flood warnings are issued. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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