May you never find yourself along the Corinth Canal during a rainstorm.
Torrential rains last Monday led to massive collapse of stones and debris about the midpoint of the canal, just beyond an old pedestrian bridge and near the old German bunkers. The canal is scheduled to be out of service for fifteen days while crews clear the blockage of enormous limestone blocks and heaps of sediments and mud. Collapse occurred to the east of the location shown on the map below.
Thanks to drone footage by Up Drones, you can appreciate the bird’s eye view of the damage and the effort already underway to clean it up.
This is certainly not the first time we have seen collapse over the last 120 years. The German destruction of the canal’s bridges at the end of WWII led to massive blockage within. And if you ever sailed through or walked along the Canal, you can see the irregular walls that were at one time straighter than they are now.
For further coverage, check out:
- The Up Drones footage on YouTube
- Impressive Drone Footage Shows the Landslide in Corinth Canal (Keep Talking Greece)
- Corinth Canal to Shut Down for 15 Days Due to Landslide (Greek Reporter, with additional video footage taken from the pedestrian bridge by korinthostv.gr)
- Greece temporarily shuts Corinth canal for ships after rockfall (Reuters)