Jaw-dropping photos of Athens’ worst flood in 50 years

February 22, 2013

A woman stuck in her car is rescued from floodwaters during heavy rain in the Chalandri suburb, north of Athens. (Reuters/John Kolesidis)

Athens is cleaning up after its worst deluge in more than half a century, Reuters reports, with up to 34 gallons of rainfall per square yard falling in some areas. The city got as much rainfall in six hours as it usually sees in the entire month of February, according to the New York Times.

One woman died and at least 90 commuters were stranded in their cars. Rescue teams received more than 900 calls from people in flooded homes.

"All of you battling a snow storm in the midwest ... You haven't seen anything until you've seen an Athens flood," an American student in Athens tweeted.

More photos from the flood:

A man wades across a flooded highway linking Athens with its port of Piraeus. (Associated Press/Petros Giannakouris)

A firefighter gives directions to colleagues as they try to remove a car from a flooded underpass at Faliro near Athens. (Associated Press/Kostas Tsironis)



Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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