Village of Pilce, Poland

Flooding across agricultural farmland eroded new channels, ravines and gullies. Fine-grained alluvial topsoil was stripped away, down to a base of cobble gravel. In other places sand/gravel was deposited on farmland. All inundated crops (wheat, corn, hops, potatoes etc.) were declared a total loss, unfit for human or animal consumption due to contamination by raw sewage in flood water. Trees in fruit orchards were killed by prolonged submergence; many cattle and other livestock died.

The views below show new flood channels cut across the village of Pilce, next to the Nysa River. Portions of farm buildings collapsed or were swept away. Photo date 9/97; © by J.S. Aber.

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