Rain leaves minimal damage

Many parts of the country got as much rainfall over the weekend as they do in a month, according to meteorologists, but the summer’s fire-ravaged areas were not hard hit by the downpours. The heaviest rainfall was in Attica, Pyrgos, Paros and Thessaloniki. In Attica, the fire service received dozens of calls from citizens reporting flooded homes or stores. In the central district of Kolonos, a hole opened up in the road, causing traffic problems. In Thessaloniki, many areas experienced power cuts. Athens Prefect Yiannis Sgouros is today due to visit the northern suburb of Vrilissia to oversee the implementation of 2-million-euro anti-flood works. «Vrilissia is more vulnerable since the fires on Mount Pendeli this summer,» Sgouros said. A few minor landslides occurred on roads in Arcadia, Messinia, Laconia and Corinth. But there were no major problems in most fire-ravaged areas such as Ileia and Mount Parnitha where recently built anti-flood barriers averted mudslides. Meteorologists warned of more rain and thunderstorms today and tomorrow.