Bridges to people

Autor: Oldřich Holeček

Soldiers from most of Czech military garrisons help people to recover from floods aftermath.

Torrential rains with storms and winds that hit northern parts of the Czech Republic caused flash floods, claimed five lives and brought about a huge damage to property of people and to infrastructure. A week-long repeated rains over almost the same area started on 4th August 2010.

The very first stage of the disaster was focused on saving lives from flooded areas. Helicopters of the Integrated Rescue System of the Czech Republic evacuated 245 people from roofs of their homes, trees and elevated areas within four days.

During periods between raining, rescuers and volunteers helped local people with pumping water from cellars, cleaning homes from mud and emptying houses full of soaked furnishings.

Heavy equipment of firefighters and military engineers clean beds of formerly small rivers and brooks. Almost 800 Czech military personnel are still deployed at the disaster sites of Liberec and Usti nad Labem regions with their equipment.

Because dozens of bridges over rivers were smashed, the major effort of soldiers is devoted to constructing temporary bridging - from light constructions to heavy and wide bridges. In the framework of the state of emergency valid for the specific area, the Czech military was asked to built 14 bridges of various weight limit so far.

Pictures: MoD reporters

Posted: August 18, 2010