Our weekly round of the local news for Fethiye and area continues
A Very Wet Start to 2016
The weather dominated the headlines in the first week of the new year.
A torrential rain storm swept over Fethiye on Monday morning turning the streets into rivers and fields into lakes.
In the village of Kayakoy fields flooded and some properties were inundated too.
In Fethiye, Ovacik’s Atatürk Street turned into a river as shown in the images. (Thanks to Salih Taşcı for his video which we shared on the FT Facebook page).
In the village of Karaağaç on the slopes of Babadag up from Oludeniz flood waters brought tonnes of stones down the mountain blocking the road to the remote village. The village also lost their electricity supplies too as a result. Residents interviewed by the local press said that they have been suffering the same issue for years but the authorities had done nothing to alleviate the problem.
The sea, off the popular resort of Oludeniz, turned a muddy red as flood waters entered the sea and mixed with the turquoise water.
Meanwhile, at higher altitudes heavy snow fell blocking roads and making driving difficult.
The Fethiye-Cameli road that passes through Uzumlu was closed due to snow on Monday morning. It was later cleared and reopened.
Bad Week for Barbie
It was a bad week for Barbie the name of a super luxury yacht that was ravaged by fire as it was moored in a marina in Marmaris.
The yacht is owned by the Galatasaray Football Club manager.
The fire also severely damaged two other large motor yacht that were moored next to it.
Fire crews took four hours to bring the fires under control.
The British newspaper the Daily Mail picked up on the story too.
Local security services are investigating the cause of the fire that was reported to have started around 4:30 in the morning on Monday.
Fire Destroys House – Family Homeless
A family living in the Fethiye village of Gökben were left homeless at the weekend after their small two roomed village house was gutted by fire.
The local press reported that the father had woken and evacuated his family after smelling smoke and they all escaped before the fire took hold.
The local press showed images of the aftermath and what remained of the charred shell of small home.
The article finished showing the sad faces of the father and two young boys aged 5 and 9 sat in the foreground.
We reported a number of house fires in last weeks Fethiye Times Fethiye Times Week Ended 2 January 2016.
Low Tide Phenomenon
The local press featured images of small boats on the beach last week at Marmaris.
Nothing strange in that you might think except they had been floating some hours before.
Due to atmospheric conditions the normally tideless sea around the area had pulled back 5 metres leaving the boats on their sides.
US Warship Visits Marmaris
The USS Ross (DDG-71), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, visited Marmaris last week.
Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) were in the local press because an undersea project they have been carrying out off Bozburun on a 900 year old submerged wreck of a merchant ship.
The local press reported that the team using a submersible had recovered 1 tonne of glass from the wreck that is 30 metres below the surface.
The British Pound bought 4.39 Turkish Lira by the close of business on Friday.
A Turkish Lira was worth 23 Pence.
The rain of last night is expected to clear to a sunny day on Monday.
But the rain is forecast to return mid week with a wetter spell with us by the weekend.