One of the biggest project of nature-related flood protection measures in the Czech Republic was officially started on Wednesday 3 October 2018 in Rapotín in Jeseník region. The Municipality ventured into this project with the neighboring villages of Vikýřovice and Petrovice nad Desnou and also together with Povodí Moravy. Within the following three years, the Moravian division of OHL ŽS will create the flood protection measures in the floodplain of the Desná river, in the future, a complex of buildings of approximately two and half kilometer will protect this area against the fifty-year flood.
The combination of the technical and nature-related buildings and landscaping on both sides of the river Desná as flood protection measures is the main purpose a large project which will cost more than 400 million CZK.
It will start on the existing weir Červený Dvůr which will turn into a moving weir. Larger capacities have to reach bridges, protective dams and walls will be created along the flow. The floodplain of the river also includes after flood parks accessible from both shores by means of pedestrian and cyclist footbridges. The additional purpose of the construction is to extend and strengthen the existing bio-corridor.
Because of the flat terrain of the floodplain area, there is a risk that the water during floods will overflow into the settled area. Especially in those areas, the floods caused significant flood damage in 1997, as well as in the years 2007 and 2010. This is why Povodí Moravy (The Morava River Basin) together with the affected municipalities have been working for many years on the flood protection measures and intend to continue with other following sections. The State Environmental Fund, which grants subsidies, also supports them.
According to the contract, the works should be completed no later than in mid-September 2021. OHL ŽS has a lot of experience with flood protection measures and that’s why investors have a great deal of confidence in it. “We are pleased to be involved in projects that help to improve the environment and I hope that we will be able to finish sooner than in three years thanks to our experience,” said Jaromír Pelinka, Director of the Moravian Division.