Having viewed some videos on FB, the flood looks quite serious, one concern is ,a lot of businesses are owned by folk from mainland, normally they would be on the island at this time preparing for the season opening in a few weeks, now when they do manage to travel, they could possibly be met with water damaged buildings and stock.
Let’s hope nobody suffers more hardship than they already face.
I had similar thoughts Dave. We are quite friendly with a couple who have two shops on Papadiamanti street opposite the cinema, and live on the mainland. I decided that they may well expect some flooding - it’s not a new phenomenon on that street. So I guess they will put all stocks high up. Plus I recall the shops on that street all seem to have steps up and I’m guessing that’s why. The videos I’ve seen showed flows far less deep than the last ones I saw and I do hope that is so.
I can’t agree, YM. having been there during some, I’ve seen the problem with flooding. Quite simply, the island is a lot of big hills from which any heavy rain runs off onto the roads, which don’t have the drainage to move it away. They act as drainage channels and we saw volumes a couple of years ago which were heavy enough to put Papadiamanti street over car hubcaps. Similar event in Skopelos undercut the harbour car park enough to put several vehicles in the sea - videos showed cars being pushed down the road.
To avoid these problems would be a huge engineering project - every road would need enormous drains. Bearing in mind very few of them even have tarmac or concrete and they are all so narrow that there’s no space for drains alongside them, such an undertaking strikes me as way beyond the island’s budget. The drainage channel under Papadiamanti street is very big and could easily cope if it only received rain from that street. But it gets it from the hills behind town and the videos show the results.
The dirt roads all suffer badly from rain scouring which leaves ravines across and along them which seriously challenge 4WD vehicles, even defeat them occasionally. They are “repaired” annually by ground scrapers and bulldozers. That’s the civil engineering capability on the island. It’ll take a far more costly operation to avoid floods.