Wrocław On Alert As Odra River Levels Rise

Towns near Wrocław have announced a state of emergency due to high river levels, prompting slight concern over a wave due to hit Wrocław in the next 48 hours. 

In Oława, the river Odra level was 589 cm on Tuesday, but by Wednesday morning it had risen to 604 cm and it is predicted to rise to 640 cm this afternoon. The alarm level begins at 560 cm.

In the town of Trestno, water levels have reached alarm status too. For now, local authorities in Lower Silesia say there is no need to start sandbagging. They are nonetheless monitoring the situation as the forecast over the next few days is not pretty. 

According to Gazeta Wrocławska, the river Odra will reach its highest level in Wrocław either tomorrow or on Friday.

However, Lower Silesian Voivode Jarosław Obremski reassured citizens on Monday that the threat to the region is lower than in 1997 and also 2010. For example,  during the floods in 1997, the water in Oława reached as high as 766 cm. In 2010 it was 765 cm.

Therefore, despite the constant downpours we’ve had in recent days, Wrocław is not expected to be at risk of any severe flooding. The rain is still causing issues though, and local flooding could be an issue, as we saw in some districts over the weekend.

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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