High Tide Floods Stari Grad on Hvar Island

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DVD Stari Grad

Stari Grad on Hvar island was flooded last night by the highest tide since 2003, reports Dalmacija danas on July 1, 2017.

In the middle of the night, around 1:30 AM, the first tidal peak hit the town, followed by an even bigger wave an hour later. The sea level raised a whole metre above the waterfront, flooding the streets, bars and restaurants, as well as the park in the historic centre.

Due to the geographic position of the bay that houses Stari Grad, the town is extremely susceptible to oscillating sea levels. The latest case of the extreme tidal wave is a consequence of a cold front passing over Dalmatia and causing the sea level to raise more than usual, while strong winds only ‘helped’ to push the seawater toward town.

The incident resulted in substantial material damage and left a part of town without electricity. Some of the business venues turned the power off themselves, as the seawater reached the electrical installations. Doors were broken, windows shattered.

Mayor of Stari Grad Antonio Škarpa said all ground forces have been sent to the site. “We’re talking about the worst tide since 2003. The firemen are pumping the water out of all the rooms, all public utility companies are here, as well as the police and HEP. I have to thank the prefect Blaženko Boban for enlisting forces from the whole county. We’re working hard and I can say everything is under control. We want to remedy the situation as soon as possible to return the town to its normal state, as we’re in the middle of the tourist season”, said the mayor.

Here are some photos taken this morning by the Volunteer Fire Department (DVD) Stari Grad:









Image source: DVD Stari Grad via Dalmacija danas



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