Damaged cars are strewn across an open parking area in northern Athens, Thursday, July 26, 2018 after flash floods caused by a sudden downpour. The flash flood comes three days after a devastating wildfire northeast of Athens killed at least 82 people and injured more than 180. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Flash flood strikes northern Athens suburb after squall

July 26, 2018 - 8:50 am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A flash flood has struck a northern Athens suburb following a squall, with the Greek capital's fire department receiving 140 calls for assistance and to pump water from flooded homes and businesses.

Fire crews headed to an open-air parking lot in the suburb of Maroussi on Thursday to see if there were any people trapped in cars that were bobbing in a suddenly created muddy lake.

Authorities urged drivers to avoid the area and shut down a side road off the main highway leading north out of Athens.

The flash flood comes three days after a devastating wildfire northeast of Athens killed at least 82 people and injured more than 180.

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