OPINION

Hold back the rain

We do not know what conclusions will emerge from a prosecutor’s investigation that seeks to attribute blame for the unprecedented damage caused by Monday night’s rainwater floods in Piraeus – the ones that caused the car pileups. And we can feel little optimism for a prosecutor’s chances of pinning down the culpable parties from a mass of «competent» officials. But it is good that action is being taken, if only to spur certain irresponsible officials of high government into doing their jobs properly. Meanwhile, those who suffered damage to their homes, cars or businesses as a result of the floods should bring legal charges against all concerned, including local authorities, state utilities and the Ministry of Public Works. It cannot go on like this, someone must take responsibility for the chaos that occurs every time it rains or snows a bit too heavily… The National Meteorological Service has forecast a deterioration in weather conditions from today. In view of the fact that the most recent pledges by the government will not have been realized in time, it would be advisable to mobilize special rescue teams to particularly sensitive areas from now so that they can be ready to guard homes and vehicles and to rescue trapped citizens when the next biblical deluge hits us…