Flooding on many streams and rivers was the greatest of the 20th century. Flood recurrence intervals on various streams are estimated in the 200-year to 500-year range. More than 200 bridges were washed away. Homes, vehicles, farms, and factories were completely destroyed in several locations. Fifty-five people died during floods, and many more suicides took place in the following weeks.
The floods of 1997 were an immediate economic and personal catastrophy for thousands of people in the effected regions of southern Poland. On the other hand, many Poles look on the optimistic side. The damaged areas will be reconstructed with modern building techniques and appropriate hydrologic designs for flood control and management of drainage basins. In the long run, safer living conditions and stronger economic activity will result.
|Urban damage||City of Klodzko|
|Canal/factory damage||Nysa River|
|Rural damage||Village of Pilce|
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