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What to Do in Case of Flood

Photo source: General Secretariat for Civil Protection

Photo source: General Secretariat for Civil Protection

In efforts to keep residents and visitors informed and in view of the recent flooding across Attica, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and the Attica Region have issued the following advice to be heeded in case of flood.

According to the joint statement, flooding is the second most frequent natural disaster after forest fires, with flash floods being the most common phenomenon in Greece. It should be noted, that flash floods in Western Attica last November claimed dozens of lives.

In case of flooding:

It must be noted that flash floods develop quickly, so…

  • Do not wait until you see rising water
  • Get out of low areas and move to high ground
  • Do not drive through flooded areas
  • Keep clear of power lines and electrical wires
  • Avoid flooded areas and do not attempt to cross flowing water
  • If car stalls, abandon it

Photo source: Pixabay

Be prepared

If you live in an area that has previously had flooding problems…

  • Have disaster kit ready
  • Be prepared to evacuate
  • Have a disaster plan
  • Restrict movements and avoid underground spaces
Photo source: General Secretariat for Civil Protection

Photo source: General Secretariat for Civil Protection

After the flood

  • Stay away from flooded areas and landslides
  • Facilitate access to rescue crews
  • Check for structural damage, danger of landslides, inspect foundations for cracks or other damage
  • If you need to walk or drive in flooded areas, seek stable ground
  • Follow instructions of the competent authorities
  • Avoid already-flooded areas and do not attempt to cross flowing water
  • Turn off any outside gas lines
  • Turn off water and electricity mains
Photo source: Dikaiologitika

Photo source: Dikaiologitika

Emergency Numbers

  • General Secretariat for Civil Protection – 210 33 59 002-3 (24 hours)
  • Single EU emergency number – 112
  • Fire brigade – 199
  • Police  – 100
  • National Emergency Assistance Center (EKAV) ambulance service – 166

 

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