FLOODING IN Prague was not as bad as experts had predicted, engineers said this week.
According to models produced by Prague University for flood defence planners, water levels in the city should have risen higher.
Instead, the Vltava river which runs through the city handled higher than expected water flows, which meant that even though flood defences were overtopped, the extend of flooding was not as widespread as expected.
The Prague university model predicted, that in a 1 in 100 year flood, flows of 4,000m 3of water per second would have been expected in the Vltava.
In the event flows of 5,000m 3/sec were recorded - a one in 150 year event. But flooding was less extensive than that assumed in the 1 in 100 year model.
Engineers from the University of Prague produced the model for a Babtie engineered flood defence that was built last year.
'There are many possible reasons for the disparity of the figures - such as upstream inundation. But we will have to wait for the back analysis to see exactly how the river behaved, ' explained Babtie managing director, Alex Macdonald.