The eastern parts of the Czech Republic have just seen devastating flash floods that overturned cars, flooded houses and undermined roads after just a few hours of torrential rain. One person was killed, another is missing and damages to property and infrastructure are extensive. Given that flash floods are not uncommon in this country –could the impact of this natural disaster have been mitigated and are we partly to blame for being ill-prepared for periods of torrential rain? That’s a question I put to hydrobiology expert David Pithart.

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