Homes, shops and streets were flooded and people were trapped in their homes and cars in southern Athens when heavy rain hit the Greek capital on Tuesday evening. The fire department received dozens of requests for help.
note that flooded areas Kallithea, Moschato, Neo Faliro are in close proximity to the Athens government’s “flood control” construction project, which has been going on for over two years.
Flooded there were parts of major roads such as Poseidonos Avenue along the Athenian Riviera at the Faliron Delta level, the southern part of Singru Avenue connecting the southern suburbs to the center of Athens, and parts of Petru Rally Avenue and parts of Kifissos Avenue in the suburb of Tavros.
The traffic was stopped for several hours.
The kindergarten in Kallithea was covered with mud, and the water level reached 30 cm in height.
The parents took the children home, and the staff began cleaning the premises, the kindergarten will be closed until Friday.
“This is the second time in a month that we are flooded,” complained local residents and recalled the unprecedented situation in October, when the the bus literally drowned under the bridge…
Locals blame for not completing flood control in the area and blaming the municipality and regional government for delays and lack of protective measures.
“The flood control project is causing flooding,” a local resident told state-run television station ERT, while another added that the work was blocking water flow into the sea.
By Wednesday morning, the fire department had received 83 requests to pump water, mainly from flooded basements in Moskhato, Tavros, Kallithea and Paleo Faliro.
20 calls concerned the rescue of people trapped in their vehicles due to high levels of rainwater on the streets.
The firefighter transported several people to a safe place, and in other cases, motorists and passengers were rescued with the help of passers-by and neighbors.
The Fire Service urges citizens to be especially careful and to follow the instructions of the competent authorities in the event of dangerous weather events.