Flood relief

10 Jul 2013

At the beginning of June, much of Central Europe was hit by the worst flooding the region has witnessed in over ten years.

At the beginning of June, much of Central Europe was hit by the worst flooding the region has witnessed in over ten years. Rising water levels forced over 19,000 people to evacuate their homes in the Czech Republic alone.  

Our colleagues in both the Czech Republic and Hungary have worked hard to support local communities hit by the flooding. In the Czech Republic, we helped to support relief organisations and local government officials by providing essential food and equipment for those living in the most affected areas. As well as donations from customers, we gave goods worth over 300,000 CZK (£10,000).  

In Hungary, more than 40 colleagues volunteered to support with the flood relief work. This included building makeshift flood defences along the banks of Danube to help protect areas of Budapest. Many stores made donations of essential items, such as water and blankets, to relief organisations such as the Hungarian Red Cross. 

Despite the conditions, the vast majority of our stores in both the Czech Republic and Hungary remained open and served customers throughout this period.