The level of the Morava River which runs along Slovakia's borders with the Czech Republic and Austria reached 459 centimetres in Kopčany in the far west of Slovakia on the morning of May 17, triggering a third-level flood alert, the TASR newswire reported.
Slovakia’s biggest river by volume, the Danube, is still below the first flood-alert level.
“Due to the significant flow rates in the Morava, we expect a moderate increase in the Danube,” said Pavel Virág of state-run water utility Slovensky vodohospodarsky podnik for TASR. A third-level alert is also in place on the Myjava River near Jablonica in Trnava region.
The mayor of Košice, František Knapík, has declared a third-level flood alert in his city. An emergency situation has also been declared in the district of Trebišov in Košice region. A crisis-management team is working to help the town of Trebišov while fire fighters have their hands full trying to drain water from house cellars. Several families from the villages of Źipov and Čerhov were evacuated.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. May 2010 at 10:00