Croatia Flooded – Karlovac Evacuated
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A large part of Croatia is under water today as many parts of the country are unable to cope with the persistent heavy rain which has fallen over the last few days across the northern Balkans…
After areas on the Dalmatian coast flooded on Thursday, including the town of Vodice which saw dozens of homes and business premises flooded and kids evacuated from the local kindergarten, Saturday has claimed more victims.
One of the worst effected areas is the central town of Karlovac, where sirens went off at around 9:10am on Saturday to declare a state of emergency. All hands are on deck as river levels rise. The two rivers which run through the town, Kupa and Korana, measured very high levels on Saturday morning (790cm and 778cm respectively) with more waves of water expected to come later today. Buses are taking residents in nearby areas to safety after the town’s Mayor made the decision to evacuate the area at 9:30am this morning.
The Dalmatian town of Šibenik has flooded, with chaos in the town’s centre as flooded roads trapped cars and put a number of homes in danger. Tap water was also deemed undrinkable in most of the town. Other parts of the country to be hit hard included suburbs in the Bjelovar-Bilogora County, as well as Koprivnica, Požega, Varaždin and large parts of eastern Croatia. The capital Zagreb was not under any threat with Sava river levels not threatening.
The A2 Zagreb-Macelj motorway was closed on Saturday due to flooding. This is the second massive flood to hit the country in the last few months. Back in May over 1,000 people lost their homes as flooding devestated eastern Croatia.