Downpour hits southern Athens

Heavy rain in the Paleo Faliro, Piraeus and Kallithea areas flooded roads and basements last night, prompting a flurry of calls for help.

The elements in Attica raged from about 22:00 to midnight on Tuesday, with many cars trapped in the rushing stream of water. The fire department received 83 calls with a request to help in an emergency:

Moskhato-Tavros: 46 calls – 35 to pump water out of the flooded premises and 11 to move people to a safe place; Callithea: 32 calls, 26 for pumping water, 6 for freeing people; Paleo Faliro: 1 challenge for pumping water and 1 for transporting trapped people; Agios Ioannis Rentis: 1 flood and 2 calls to free people.

Of the 20 calls to free people, the fire department intervened on four occasions. In the rest, the citizens coped with the help of other people or on their own.

Heavy rain blocked roads, trapping drivers. Traffic on the roads was restored only after 5 am. The fire brigade said in a statement that the flood risk management operational plan remains in place. The fire department is on high alert and urges citizens to be extra careful. In the event of hazardous weather events, the instructions of the competent authorities must be followed.

On Monday, our publication reported on the upcoming weather changes. Greece’s National Meteorological Service EMY has released warning about a sharp deterioration in weather with showers and thunderstorms, in places with hail. A bad weather front is approaching the country from the west on Monday 22 November and will quickly move east, central and southeastern Greece until Wednesday 24 November 2021. So it’s too early to relax.

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