As predicted by meteorologists, Crete was under the influence of a very unfavorable atmospheric front which caused a violent collapse of the weather. During the night from Friday to Saturday in the east of Crete, very heavy rainfall was recorded, which in many places caused flooding and flooding. Currently, some of the roads are not passable, which complicates the lives of many inhabitants of this area of Crete and makes it difficult to conduct rescue operations.
A view of the region of the sunken surroundings of Sitia city to eastern Crete
An extremely difficult situation was in Pilalimata, near Sitia today. The rapid rainfall in this region was so abundant that the water flowing down from the mountains formed very wide streams and backwaters. Although a large part of the inhabitants of Pilalimata managed to escape successfully from flooded areas, for some people the help of emergency services was required, which was the only one able to cope with the extremely fast current of these streams. You can see how difficult the situation in the area of this place is in the film below.
The Gortyna commune is also struggling with abundant rains, where, according to information provided by the local mayor, there are many difficulties with road traffic. Mr Schinarksi appeals to drivers who move in this area of Crete to exercise particular caution and prudence. In many places on the roads there are landslides and floods that completely prevent the ride. This situation prevails, inter alia, on the road connecting the towns of Sternes and Koudoumas.
The 130-year-old stone bridge in Myrtos is at risk of collapsing. Residents of this place are afraid that the scenario that took place this year near Alikianos will be repeated. At the end of February, during the rapid floods that followed the heavy rainfall, the bridge over the Keritis River collapsed. It was a building very similar to the one in Myrtos. The view of the rushing river flowing under the pillars of the Myrtos bridge raises very big fears among the inhabitants of the town, because not much later than a week ago this building was exposed to a similar test. The rapidly flowing water at the time led to a series of damage that threatened the stability of the bridge. All residents are wondering if such a strained building can cope with the current element.
However, communication problems are not the only problems of the inhabitants of the local areas of Crete. As a result of violent floods many of them not only lost a significant part of their belongings, but also lost the opportunity to continue their activities, and thus also to earn money. Virtually every farmer in this part of Crete wonders what the rainfall has caused him today. The aforementioned mayor of the Gortyna commune reports that many of the local ewes drowned near the village of Vagodny. Some farmers are even broken down because at the moment they are unable to find one of their animals.
In many places, a large part of the crops were also destroyed. Farmers report very large losses in the area of even such places as Ierapetra , Makry Gialos or Goudouras, where the flowing water destroyed or damaged many of the local greenhouses and plastic tunnels. The heavy rains also led to the flooding of a large part of the Lassithi Plateau. Residents of towns located within this closed mountain region of Crete had to flee from their homes.
This is what the Lassithi Plateau looks like now
A very difficult situation is also in Makry Gialos located in the area of south-east Crete. There are virtually all the lowest parts of the town under water. Not only houses were flooded, but also many of the local shops and companies. Residents describe that after the rains that have been falling all night, the streets have turned into canals, and the city resembled Venice. Only heavy off-road vehicles or boats could move along roads.
According to Mr. Paterakis, mayor of Sitia , a similar situation takes place in most of the villages in this part of Crete. He mentions that similar floods are also recorded in such places as: Zakros , Kouremenos, Paleokastro and many others. The number of incoming signals is so large that it is currently difficult to list all the places where the intervention of the services is required.