Two storms caused damage in Klieština and Hatné, Poprad under flood alert

TWO STRONG afternoon storms on May 20 caused the Klieština brook – which is normally just a few centimetres deep – to overflow and flood local the road, gardens and cellars. 

Flood in KlieštinaFlood in Klieština (Source: TASR)

The Klieština brook is an unregulated right-side tributary of the Mariková Brook in the Považská Bystrica district in western Slovakia, and on that day, it grew so wild that it tore down fences, damaged roads and flooded gardens and yards in villages of Klieština and Hatné, and later also some nearby municipalities.

Firefighters from Považská Bystrica, Púchov, Dubnica nad Váhom, Handlová and Trenčín were having a hard time - until the next morning, the TASR newswire wrote. The water had been so intense that if it hit anyone, the person had no chance of survival. Fortunately, no fatalities were reported.

It seems that bad weather is moving eastwards, as the strong storm was reported in Poprad during the night and a third-level flood alert has been announced for this eastern-Slovak city. Already in the evening, one street was flooded in Poprad-Stráže pod Tatrami, later two streets at Poprad-South housing estate, while more torrential rain is expected. In Veľká Lomnica (Kežmarok district), firefighters had to help, too. Also there, the damage is considerable, but no fatalities have been reported. 

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