The storm front Oceanis has been wreaking havoc in the regions of southern Europe, dumping meters of snow and extreme cold temperatures in places like Greece, whereas other regions, such as the island of Crete, has been experiencing flooding and mudslides. One person has been confirmed dead so far, but the casualty count is expected to rise. The Island of Crete has been hit the hardest by the storm as floodwaters have caused significant damage to Buildings and infrastructure.
Among those hit is the Chania Arch Bridge, which collapsed on Monday. The report was posted on Tuesday. As seen in the video above, torrential floodwaters wiped out two thirds of the three-span arch Bridge, which spans the Keritis River in Chania. According to the Greek Reporter:
The bridge over the Keritis River was built in 1908 and it was considered a contemporary monument. The bridge, featuring three arches and made of honey-colored stone, was a well-known tourist attraction for years in the Alcianos area of Chania’s Platanias Region.
According to the Keritis Tourism website, the bridge is located adjacent to the site where an execution took place by Nazi soldiers on 1 August, 1941, where 118 people were executed under the despicable charge of resistance against the German invasion in Crete. Some were disabled.
The collapse shocked many viewers on TV as it happened while reporters were covering the Story, as seen in the video below:
It is unknown if and when the Bridge will be rebuilt and whether it will mimick the original that was lost in the floods.
To learn more about the bridges that exist on the Island of Crete, check out this tour guide by clicking here. It can also be found on the Chronicles’s page under Tours and Lost Bridges.