Ačkoliv velká voda zasáhla oblast slavného pražského Muzea Kampa, samotné místo nebylo tak poničeno jako během povodní v roce 2002. Důvod: předvídavá pražská radnice nechala vyrobit systém povodňových zábran, v jehož rámci je možné jeho jednotlivé díly postavit za několik hodin a zachránit tak velkolepou pražskou architekturu.

V roce 2002 vybrali Američtí přátelé České republiky od amerických společností, církví i jednotlivců značnou částku na pomoc obětem tehdejší povodně. Fred Malek mi řekl, že jsou opět připraveni pomoci – a to nejenom Praze, ale dalším zasaženým městům a vesnicím po celých Čechách. Já a pan Malek jsme se sešli se zástupci českého ministerstva zahraničí, s kterými jsme diskutovali o tom, jak by Američtí přátelé České republiky a Velvyslanectví USA v Praze mohly nejlépe pomoci.

 

 Ambassador Eisen, Fred Malek and Councillor Vaclav Novotny survey flood damage in Prague

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On Wednesday, through the kind assistance of Acting Mayor Tomas Hudecek and his staff, I toured Prague’s Karlin and Libeň neighborhoods. These are districts of the city that are among the most affected by the flooding now plaguing Central Europe, including the Czech capital. Fred Malek, the Chairman of the American Friends of the Czech Republic, visited both neighborhoods with me. I want to express my admiration for everyone who worked so hard to save lives and property, by preparing the city for the deluge. Prague’s municipal leaders and emergency responders deserve special recognition. We know that other cities and towns downstream now are coping with flooding as well.

Though flooding has affected Prague’s renowned Kampa museum, named for the jewel of an island on which it lies, the property nearby has largely been spared the damage it endured from the flood of 2002. The reason: Prague’s forward thinking municipal government designed and built an improved flood-wall system, which permits life and property-saving components to be installed in a matter of hours, while preserving the city’s architectural majesty.

In 2002, the American Friends of the Czech Republic raised considerable funds for flood relief from U.S. companies, churches, corporations, and individuals. Fred Malek tells me they are ready to help again, not only Prague, but the many towns and villages iaround Bohemia that are suffering from the effects of extreme flooding. Mr. Malek and I had a very useful meeting with senior officials at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where we explored possible ways the American Friends of the Czech Republic and the Embassy might assist with the flood relief.

If you would like to help flood victims please visit one of the following sites for more information:
American Friends of the Czech Republic: http://www.afocr.org/
People in Need: http://old.clovekvtisni.cz/indexen.php
Adra: www.adra.cz

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