Heavy rain led to a flood wave striking a valley in the Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathians) between the villages of Píla and Ćastá (Bratislava Region) on Tuesday, June 7. Firefighters from Pezinok told the TASR newswire that the water tore away every bridge between Papiernička and Píla (both districts of Častá).
The wave of water then flooded several municipalities – form Ćastá to Horné Orešany, the Sme daily wrote late on Tuesday. It damaged roads, flooded many houses and destroyed pavements and bridges. Apart from Častá, Dubová and Doľany seemed to be the worst-hit municipalities.
In Budmerice, damage was milder thanks to nearby ponds that absorbed much of the water. Around midnight, Prime Minister Iveta Radičová and Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko arrived together in Častá with professional and part-time firemen. Galko promised to send the army to help in Častá. He also cancelled a planned business trip to Brussels on Wednesday, sending his state secretary (deputy minister) instead. Pontoon crossings will be used temporarily to replace the ruined bridges.
Mayor of Častá Radoslav Mičunek described the situation in Píla as disastrous. “The stream, which is normally only 3 metres wide and 50 centimetres deep, had at one point a width of 30 metres and was about 4-5 metres deep and took everything in its path,” he said, as quoted by Sme.
There were no reports of deaths or injuries.
Sources: TASR, Sme
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Jun 2011 at 10:00