(Thank you Mike for the photos)
Exactly one year ago, at around three in the afternoon it started raining and raining and raining and the rain did not stop until early the next morning. The hours it rained were not the problem, rather the amount of water that fell. There was so much water that many areas on the island could not redirect the water away. The flood waters accumulated and inundated areas that could not hold the water and in its path it swept away much that was in front of it.
Many businesses were destroyed, many personal belongings were destroyed. Thank God no lives were lost. It did give a lot of people a wariness of rain and bad weather in general but hopefully that will fade in time. Many things were repaired so the island could welcome visitors and they would not be in any danger, but still a lot needs to be done. Roads need to be finished. Other roads need to be repaired and finished; on the road to Glysteri beach near Agios Konstantinos, the road to the monasteries opposite Skopelos Village, turn near Jilali and the path to Jilali, the turn in Agnondas, and others besides.
Skopelosnews heard that some people have received papers concerning compensation. We hope this is true and people will be recompensed. There have been several initiatives to help people whose homes were hit. They received new white goods and other appliances. The health centre was painted and new curtains were installed.
Jokes were played on people to lighten the mood after an agonizing time when an important road was closed for many weeks. We laughed a lot about it afterwards but tears were shed too.
An addition: With the exception of the temporarily abandoned Nastas restaurant, however, almost all businesses were active again within a short period of time. What looked like a disaster zone that following morning, when many of us wandered along the seafront stunned at the damage, with people weeping in the wreckage of their workplaces, it is a remarkable achievement that Skopelos has bounced back into business.
It still hurts, but I think we should celebrate the island’s resilience in that time of crisis. This isn’t just about floods and sea surges; it’s about community coming together to help each other. john.