Amid grim flood news around the globe, a vibrant and unusual event unfolded in Levira, Portugal. Thankfully, this colourful flood didn’t cause any casualties or major injuries.
Residents of a quaint coastal village in Levira were taken aback when their streets were suddenly flooded with red wine this past Sunday. This extraordinary incident painted their town red metaphorically and literally as a colossal amount of wine from the Levira Distillery accidentally spilt into the streets.
An unforeseen mishap at the distillery resulted in two tanks releasing an astonishing 600,000 gallons of wine, transforming the serene locale of So Lorenzo de Bairro into a river of red wine. Clips circulating online showcased the rich, crimson liquid flowing down a steep hill in the small 2,000-inhabitant town.
Environmentalists raised alarms over the potential repercussions of such a vast spill, with the released volume being large enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. In a race against time, local authorities worked diligently to prevent the wine from contaminating the nearby Certima River, known for its distinct seaweed-green hue.
Thanks to the prompt intervention, the Anadia Fire Department successfully curtailed the wine flow and rerouted it to a neighbouring field, averting a possible ecological disaster.
Levira Distillery Takes Responsibility
The wine even managed to find its way into a basement in a neighbouring property, leaving an intense reminder of the incident. Addressing the mishap, the Levira Distillery issued an official statement, expressing their remorse for the occurrence. They emphasized their commitment to bearing the cleanup and repair costs, with teams dispatched promptly to rectify the damages.
Levira Distillery stated, “We assume full responsibility for the costs associated with cleaning and repairing the damage, having teams do so immediately.”
In an event marked by its uniqueness and vibrancy, the Levira community now embarks on a recovery journey, with the support and accountability of the distillery at the forefront.