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Two Slovak towns cleaning up damage following heavy rains

Residents of Senica and Prietrž in Trnava region are continuing to clean up and calculate the damage caused by torrential rains on Saturday, June 6, Senica town officials reported on June 7. Heavy rains hit the area after 19:30, accompanied by a violent 20-minute hailstorm and rainwater inundated cellars, claiming at least one life, the TASR newswire wrote. Hardest hit in Senica was the Kunov area where gushing water took away fences, tore down gates, ripped up tarmac and deposited the debris in gardens and cellars. Local people are currently removing mud from cellars and taking it to an agreed location where it can be disposed of by heavy equipment supplied by the local authorities. The water in Kunov was pumped out at night. The layers of mud reached 30cm in places. Senica proper is understood to have been spared sizeable damage. The situation was also critical in the village of Prietrž which had to battle flooding last year. Residents and fire fighters there are also removing mud left behind by floods. It wasn't until early on Sunday that all parts of Prietrž recovered, said Mayor Dana Blažková. “We can't yet say what the damage is exactly, but it will be substantial...” she added.

Residents of Senica and Prietrž in Trnava region are continuing to clean up and calculate the damage caused by torrential rains on Saturday, June 6, Senica town officials reported on June 7. Heavy rains hit the area after 19:30, accompanied by a violent 20-minute hailstorm and rainwater inundated cellars, claiming at least one life, the TASR newswire wrote.

Hardest hit in Senica was the Kunov area where gushing water took away fences, tore down gates, ripped up tarmac and deposited the debris in gardens and cellars. Local people are currently removing mud from cellars and taking it to an agreed location where it can be disposed of by heavy equipment supplied by the local authorities. The water in Kunov was pumped out at night. The layers of mud reached 30cm in places. Senica proper is understood to have been spared sizeable damage.

The situation was also critical in the village of Prietrž which had to battle flooding last year. Residents and fire fighters there are also removing mud left behind by floods. It wasn't until early on Sunday that all parts of Prietrž recovered, said Mayor Dana Blažková. “We can't yet say what the damage is exactly, but it will be substantial...” she added.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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