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Power, transport, sewage hit

FLOODING HAS knocked out power plants and urban heating/hot water supply plants in urban areas across the Czech republic.

Power transmission lines have been brought down, blacking out large areas.

Widespread disruption is reported on national and regional railways, with track washed away and bridge foundations suspected to have been undermined by scour.

Hundreds of millions of pounds worth of damage has been done to berthing facilities and quayside equipment at river ports.

Waste water treatment plants in all flooded areas have been crippled, resulting in major pollution of rivers and local water courses.

It is expected to be months before the flow of sewage can be properly treated again as tanks must be cleaned and mechanical equipment overhauled or replaced.

Treatment plants for potable water abstracted from rivers are also reported to have been hit.

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