Concern for the condition of the Samaria Gorge
- 1 March, 2019
Every year after winter, the path of the Samaria Gorge is damaged and repaired in order for visitors to cross it from 1st May, which is the normal date of its opening.
Unfortunately, due to the constant bad weather, especially in the last weeks, beside that access to Omalos is difficult to impossible from the main roads, the entrance of the gorge at Xyloskalo is also blocked, by snow, and a machine to blow it away cannot go there.
Typical is the photograph of Mr. George Drakoulaki last week, from the beginning of the Omalos plateau.
The officers of the Chania Forestry Office are arguing for the damages that are likely to have been caused to the gorge trail, and next week there will be an attempt to reach the gorge, probably from Agia Roumeli.
According to the inhabitants of Agia Roumeli, who arrived at the famous "Doors" (the narrowest point of the gorge), there the river water has surpassed a height of 1.5 meters!
It should be noted that the water supply of Agia Roumeli itself - from the water of the gorge - has been interrupted for a week since the pipeline broke from falling rocks.
In fact, the President of the Local Community Mr. Yannis Tzatzimakis told that he will try - despite the danger - to go to the broken pipeline location in the gorge to repair the damage.
As far as the gorge is concerned, the point is to find out if the disasters are only on the path (which is normal) or if there is damage also to the bridges from the rushing river water, or if there is a great deal of landslides, so repair will take longer.
From: https://flashnews.gr/post/381848/agwnia ... oy-xionioy
All the best,