Dominoed: Dozens of vehicles pile up in row after mudflows sweep Crimea town (VIDEOS)
The town of Sudak and surrounding area in eastern Crimea were pounded by heavy rain on Friday evening. The town has around 16,000 residents, but the total number of people is higher in the summer due to the influx of tourists.
The rain triggered flooding in areas near the Suuksu river, and a part of the highway from Sudak to Crimea’s capital, Simferopol was heavily eroded.
At least 41 households were flooded, authorities say, adding that dozens, including children, have been evacuated.
Around 50 cars piled up in a 50-meter-long row on the Sudak-Simferopol highway. The vehicles were partially flooded due to the mudflows and rains. The pile-up caused a 10-km traffic jam on the highway, the town said.
Последствия ливня в Судаке - утро 19 августа. Просто запомните этот "эффект домино" из автомобилей - все на выезд из города. Туристы спешили в аэропорт, местные после работы на берегу торопились в сёла на ночь - в Симферополь люди ехали. Полсотни машин встретили на своём пути селевой поток с водой и грязью. Одни авто вот так сложило, другие смыло на виноградники, дорогу перекрывали. Обошлось без жертв - спасатели сработали. Дорожным службам расчищать теперь всё это. Предупреждения синоптиков были, МЧС объявляло штормовое, знаки на дорогах были? Впереди осеннее время дождей.. #Крым #Судак #яздесьживу
On Saturday, authorities said that the town was in a state of emergency.
People, mostly tourists, shared photos of “the great flood” and its aftermath on social media.
“This is a nightmare! Look at the aftermath of the Sudak flood,” one person wrote on Instagram, adding an epic video.
Another wrote “We were there [in Sudak] last night. We witnessed this horror! It was something scary.”
Another person said that lighting hit the sea shore “for half a day” on Friday.
One woman released a photo of a completely flooded apartment. “When you come home and see that it has been raining [in the apartment],” she wrote ironically.
“Some hours ago this place was a road, but now it is a mudflow,” another person wrote.