Cameras from Crete’s NEA television station recorded live the collapse of the historic bridge of Keritis in the island’s Chania region on Monday afternoon.
The island of Crete received huge amounts of rainfall in the past several days as part of the winter storm dubbed ”Oceanis” which swept across the country during the weekend.
The bridge over the Keritis River was built in 1908 and it was considered a contemporary monument. The bridge, featuring three arches and made of honey-colored stone, was a well-known tourist attraction for years in the Alcianos area of Chania’s Platanias region.
The moment of the collapse came as a complete shock for onlookers who experienced it as well as viewers who watched it happen live on television.
Local authorities had previously blocked access the bridge so that no one would be traveling over it in case it collapsed. The river was in clear danger of overtopping its banks due to the flooding.
A reporter from the local Cretan TV station was informing the viewers about the situation in the area when the bridge collapsed in front of her eyes.