Post Eurydice Clean Up Continues

Looking across the harbour from the top of the Kali Strata this morning I realised that the view had changed - part of this unoccupied house on the opposite side of the harbour has collapsed.  It looks as though nature had already started to take over so I don't know if this is new damage or old but it is the first time I have noticed it.

Before Storm Eurydice struck, the municipality had actually started putting up Christmas decorations.  A lone star up in Lieni.  It is just as well that they hadn't put up more stuff as it would all have been carried away.

At a superficial glance, Pedi seems quite normal.  Until you realise that the football field and running track are still mud.

Someone came along with a bulldozer yesterday and shoveled mud and rubble around.  Unfortunately without any perceptible improvement to our access. We are still cut off.  That clump of greenery in the centre of the bottom of the photograph is the oleander that marks our bottom corner.  Somewhere under that lot is a municipal sign pointing vaguely in the direction of the Ruins of Old Drakos.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation window yesterday morning.  The muddy strip on the right is because workers are still hosing mud out of the town square and environs with fire hoses.

Mud and heavy trucks tracking more mud in various directions are a feature of the landscape at the moment.

The green grocer in the lane is always a colourful sight.  No, the bicycle did not wash up on top of the fridge - someone put it there carefully. This side of the harbour was pretty much untouched by the storm as the water that came down the Kali Strata was clean.  Any mud around is being tracked into these lanes on boots, motorbikes and vehicles.

Sandbags are appearing outside businesses in the flood zone.  This cat has found a comfy one to snooze on.

Mud, mud and more mud.

The water here by the bridge is actually quite shallow. The muddy water hides a number of sunken boats and wrecked cars which still have to be recovered.  

Cleaning up Pachos, the traditional cafeneion below our office.

Most of this rubble is being dumped at the bend in the road out of the harbour.  There were big wash aways there that also have to be filled.

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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

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