Pršák Zdroj: Marek Douša

Flood News Roundup – June 6, 2013

A new survey of Czech citizens finds that men and women differ on their primary areas of concern with regard to the ongoing flood crisis.

According to the survey, most men say they are thinking about whether Prague city officials should be held responsible for the delay in erecting flood barricades along the Vltava. Women, meanwhile, say they are mostly thinking about buying a stylish new pair of galoshes, perhaps with high heels to provide greater elevation against the rising waters as well as to increase their sexual attraction.

Acting Prague Mayor Tomáš Hudeček continues to defend the speed of City Hall's flood preparations.  With regard to the delay in erecting flood barricades, the Mr. Hudeček said, "What many people don't realize is that these barricades are brand new and very expensive, so naturally we were hesitant about getting them wet."

The closure of schools and many businesses on Monday resulted in a wave of surprise and confusion in many Czech households. Numerous Czech fathers were startled to find that their children were much taller than they remembered them as having been. Meanwhile, Czech mothers were busy trying to answer their childen's questions about who the strange man in their house was and why he was there.

Czech President Miloš Zeman has been visiting some of the areas of the country which have been hardest hit by the flooding.  The President's security detail has been strengthened during his tour of flooded areas in order to prevent him from drowning in the event that he stumbles or passes out from his ongoing virus.

While admitting that they wish it could have been under different circumstances, residents of Písek said it was nice to see at least some mention of their city on television for a change.

Finally, in a bit of relief from the incessant rain and clouds, the sun shone for seven minutes in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, temporarily blinding residents and causing numerous traffic accidents among stunned and disoriented drivers.