Residents of Volos in the Magnissia prefecture were ordered to stay indoors by police as of 18:40 on Wednesday and forbidden to travel, as heavy rain is falling on the city as of Wednesday afternoon and creating torrents on the roads.
The ‘Elias’ storm has also created problems in the city center and its suburbs, flooding roads, basements, homes and businesses. The downpour is also threatening to raise again the waters of Krafsidonas River to dangerous levels, as it did during the recent ‘Daniel’ storm.
The avenues of Athinon, Lambraki, and Larissis are flooded and traffic interrupted there as well as at other sections of the city road network. In the southeastern suburb of Agria, traffic has stopped on the coastal road. Despite excavation machinery trying to control floodwater, the water on the tarmac has risen to over 30 cm.
At Mt. Pilio suburbs of Volos, where the previous storm claimed lives and infrastructure was extensively damaged, the thunderstorm has brought heavy rain and water is running down in torrents. A statement by the Volos municipality called on residents to observe the police curfew and follow police orders, allowing crews to work without obstruction.