Flood defences in Hrvatska Kostajnica (Photo: Marko Prpic/PIXSELL) Flood defences in Hrvatska Kostajnica (Photo: Marko Prpic/PIXSELL)

Due to high water levels a state of emergency has been declared in parts of Croatia. The areas seeing the most difficulty are Hrvatska Kostajnica and Jasenovac, while some 20 houses have been flooded in Karlovac.

In Hrvatska Kostajnica emergency flood defence measures are in effect and the level of the Una River has begun to drop. All services are on full alert while box flood barriers have been placed at the most critical spots along with sand bag barriers.

Water levels are also rising near Jasenovac, the Sava River reached 803 centimetres there and the head of the flood defence centre Zoran Čavlović announced more measures.

The level of the Korana River near Karlovac continues to drop slowly, after peaking last night at 799 centimetres. The level of the Kupa and Mrežnica rivers are also dropping slowly.

“Simply put the situation is under control. The night was quite demanding, I dare say difficult, but our goal overnight was to strengthen the box barriers and control leakages that were fairly big. We managed to do all of this with pumps and return the water to river channels and there were no emergency situations during the night. From the information that we have water leaked into basements at about 10 locations and buildings at the lumber yard,” said Karlovac Mayor Damir Mandić.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković visited the Karlovac and Jasenovac areas today.

I must firstly thank County Prefect Damir Jelić, Mayor Damir Madnić, all firefighters, all services from the city of Karlovac and the county that here at Logorište, Mala Švarča and other places, worked day and night. I heard the water level was almost 8 meters last night. Naturally I also thank the Croatian Waters Agency, Minister Ćorić, Minister Božinović, Croatian police and all those who were engaged. Houses were defended and the flood defence system proved to be very effective here,” said the Prime Minister.

Source: HRT