Last year, we wrote several times about the not very good water resources situation in Crete. It seems, however, that 2019 will be much more gracious for the island in this respect. Systematic precipitation recently appearing in Crete gives great hope for improving this issue. The Cretans are very pleased to observe systematically the rising water level in the dams and retention reservoirs there. A good example is the Aposelemis dam, which from April to December 2018 was practically empty. Currently, thanks to the water flowing from the surrounding mountains, the reservoir is being systematically filled.
On the occasion of the rising water level, local residents have the opportunity to observe how it absorbs the remains of the Sfentyli village. This abandoned village is located next to one of the banks of the reservoir. In the film above, you can clearly see how the water is approaching the remains of the buildings.
Several years ago, Sfentyli was a small village located in the commune of Hersonissos. This town was not distinguished by anything other than the other surrounding towns located in this region of Crete. About a dozen old stone buildings tightly surrounding the ancient church in its center. Due to the nearby Aposelemis dam, the situation of this town has changed drastically.
It is worth mentioning that in 2014, the village was inhabited by 15 people who did not agree to forced resettlement. Compensations offered by the state were not high enough for them to force them to leave their homes. Deprived of modern comforts, the last residents of Sfentyli lived here without access to running water, electricity and cut off from the telephone network.