The western part of Crete has been dealing with heavy rains since yesterday. In the area of Chania, approximately 200 liters of water fell for every square meter of land. These are rainfall, which in Poland are usually recorded over several months. Recent reports from the local media are worrying. At an alarming rate, more information about the drastic difficulties caused by successive landslides is multiplying. In addition, yesterday there were serious damage to bridges located in the western part of Crete.
A completely destroyed road in the Kotsifou Gorge in the south of Crete (towards the town of Plakias)
photo source www.neakriti.gr
Unfortunately, these damages also apply to buildings considered to be historic. The Keritis bridge located near the town of Alikianos , about 10 km away from Chania, has partially broken down . Unfortunately, over 100-year-old stone construction has not resisted the elemental strength. The flowing water led to the washing of one of the pillars, which consequently collapsed into the current of the rushing river. This moment was captured by the neatv.gr cameraman station. It was a very moving moment for local residents who in previous days tried to strengthen the foundations of the bridge. The authorities of the local commune reported that in the current situation the road leading through this bridge will be excluded from traffic until further notice.
The destruction of the bridges also occurred in three other places, including Platanias , which is very often visited by tourists during the summer. A viaduct located on the western edge of this town collapsed there. Its destruction will certainly be a considerable obstacle for local residents, as it was part of an old road, after which not only local car traffic took place, but also bus connections were made.
A collapsed bridge in the village of Platanias
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The situation of local residents is additionally complicated by the fact that they also have to deal with significant difficulties in communication on the alternative Nowa Droga, where over the last dozen or so hours there have been further uncontrolled landslides.
The big difficulties must be prepared by all those moving along the New Road between Heraklion and Kissamos. In many places of this important communication art of Crete there was landslides. The passability is so limited that the traffic police advised that the car drivers should not continue their journey if possible. From the reports of drivers transferred to local media, it appears that on the Nowa Droga there was landslides at the height of such towns as: Agia Pelagia, Sisses, Bali, Rethymno, Petres, Fodele, Fontanna, Souda and many others.
At present, the local authorities are trying to maintain the passability of this road at all costs. However, the situation is so serious that the Greek Minister of Infrastructure and Transport announced her visit to the Chania region.
In the town of Platanias there were also many floods of houses and shops. The market of one of the discount stores, which was flooded by a pool of dammed water from the Keritis River, did not escape the problems.
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The inhabitants of many other towns struggled with similar problems. In the tourist resort of Bali in the Rethymno region, a road leading along the coast has been flooded. It turned into a vast rapid river flowing towards the sea. At present, it is difficult to estimate the extent of damage, but certainly the coastal part of Bali will require considerable expenditure before this year's tourist season.
A very difficult situation is also in the area of Adelianos Kampos and Platanias located near the eastern outskirts of Rethymno. About 20 people who lived in the houses closest to the Platanano river were evacuated there. Local authorities and services are ready to help other people whose homes may be threatened by the element.
The residents of the Mylopotamos municipality also face severe difficulties. After the rains that have occurred over the past dozen or so hours, the Geropotamos river flowing through this region has definitely raised its level. Giant amounts of water that do not fit in its channel have spread to adjacent areas creating an impossible barrier. The road that is well traveled between Panormo and Perama is completely impassable.
Due to the huge amount of water flowing from the mountains to the appeal , the movement through the tunnel located in the town of Topolia was stopped. Local authorities inform that persons living in this area of Crete should refrain from traveling by car as far as possible. In addition, residents of towns located in rivers in the event of further weather deterioration should be prepared to leave their homes and possibly evacuate.
A large part of the towns located in the central and western part of the southern coast have very difficult travel possibilities or are even cut off from other parts of the island. It was in this situation that the residents of Plakias found themselves, who yesterday lost two main road connections leading towards Rethymno. The road leading through the Kotsifou Gorge and Kourtaliotioko has been destroyed . Giant amounts of water flowing through the local rivers caused the landslides to fall on which the road was lead. In many places, the surface has also been completely destroyed. The damage is so serious that any immediate repairs are impossible at this time. It will most likely take months to restore the full efficiency of these road connections.
Road destroyed in the Kourtaliotiko gorge
photo source www.neakriti.gr
Difficult weather conditions have also paralyzed the functioning of the Chania airport. Some flights from this port have been canceled or completed with a significant delay. Some passengers were forced to use the airport in Heraklion. A special bus connection connecting both airports has been launched by KTEL.
Yesterday there were also power outages in many parts of Crete. In the case of some towns, these difficulties may take several hours or more due to serious damage to the energy traction and transformers.
The damage caused by rains was initially estimated at around € 100 million. However, this is a value based on previous information coming to the regional authorities. It can be expected that in the following hours there will be further reports of destroyed roads, houses or other infrastructure. The Greek government has provided information that the affected regions will be transferred immediately € 10 million for emergency destruction.
Unfortunately, the amount of news about minor or major difficulties posted by local portals is so big that we were not able to collect them in this one news.