Symi Disaster Area
I’m posting this on Tuesday, now that the power is back on, so it is here today, and I will leave it for Wednesday too. (Photos below the text.)
There was a storm on Monday afternoon/night which has caused a lot of damage to the island, particularly Yialos and the businesses there, but also, at least one house in Horio and several walls and ruins have been badly damaged. Below is what I have put on our Facebook page, but I’ll repeat it here for anyone who doesn’t use Facebook:
Thank you everyone for your messages. As far as I know, there have been no fatalities, but there is a lot of damage to be cleared up. We’ve not been to Yialos, but we did go up to the Stavros area of Horio earlier. As you can see, some of the paths have been washed away, others are deep with mud and silt, trash from the ravine was washed down, including washing machines, and the side of one house was taken off. Luckily the 80-year-old lady who lives there was taken to another property before she lost her sterna and bedroom.
I have also heard that: cars are piled in a heap in Yialos (there’s an image in the press), some were washed into the sea along with some motorbikes, there’s a car in the pizzeria and a train in the bakery, one café’s fridges are in a café 50 yards away, many businesses have suffered hideous damage, mud in the downstairs, knee deep in water in other places, the town square outer road is a pile of rocks from the mountain (it’s at the foot of another ravine), some of the main water-feed pipes are severed in Horio, trees down in Pedi and the Power Station was under water.
The power (and internet) was out from 17:30 yesterday until, in our part of Horio, around 10.00 this morning. It’s amazing they got it fixed at all – can’t sing their praises enough. Ditto the coastguards, police, authorities, army, the council and whoever is dealing with getting the island back up and running within such a short space of time.
It was a pretty big storm, to understate completely, that lasted from early Monday afternoon through until the evening, and then came back overnight. It was gone by 5.30 Tuesday.
Keep an eye on the local (Greek) news and the blogs, Symi Dream and Adriana’s, to see how the clean-up goes.