The Slovenia Times

Heavy rains cause problems in several regions

Environment & Nature

Ljubljana - Friday's heavy rainfall has caused problems in a number of areas across Slovenia, flooding several roads and causing several landslides. A road to Črnivec in the municipality of Gornji Grad, north, was washed away, while a landslide destroyed a home in the municipality of Hrpelje-Kozina, south-west.

A number of rivers, including the Ljubljanica and Krka, have swollen and could continue flooding throughout Saturday while starting to recede later on.

Rescue teams intervened 36 times in 21 municipalities, of which 13 times in Ljubljana area alone, said the national Civil Protection and Disaster Relief Administration.

In Ljubljana area, firefighters had to pump rainwater from residential buildings, a health centre, a sports facility, restaurants, a company and a shelter in a block of flats. Storm water also flooded some roads, with firefighters assisting residents in protecting their homes with flood bags and the delivery of pumps.

Around 30km north-east of Ljubljana, a large landslide washed away a road across the Črnivec mountain pass last evening, so the regional road to Nova Štifta was closed to traffic.

According to the national Environment Agency, the river Ljubljanica has flooded areas in the Ljubljana Marshes that are frequently flooded.

Its water level should start decreasing towards the evening with the river returning to its course on Monday.

Lakes Planina and Cerknica, two intermittent lakes in the south-west, appearing only when there is an abundance of water, have partly filled with water.


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