A coastal village in Portugal bled red on Sunday as 600,000 gallons of red wine flooded through the streets of the small town of São Lorenco de Bairro. Two tanks owned by Levira Distillery burst, which led to the stored wine rushing down a steep hill through the town that has a population of 2,000 people. The spill was so massive that the wine that escaped could have filled an Olympic-size swimming pool – triggering an environmental alert. This unique ‘Red’ flooding did not cause any injury or material damage. The wine also entered into a cellar, reported a Portuguese newspaper Diário de Coimbra.
As per the reports of local media, Anadia Fire Department was working to divert the wine in order to prevent the contamination of the nearby Certima River and a local environment alert had been issued due to the spillage.
The video of the said incident went viral across social media platforms with some users even taking a hilarious take on the incident. A user named Tahir Imran Mian while sharing the video of the event wrote, “When they said to drown your sorrows I didn’t know that will happen one day.”
When they said to drown your sorrows I didn’t know that will happen one day.
A river of red wine flows through São Lourenco do Bairro in Portugal when the local distillery’s 2.2 million liter tanks burst.
— Tahir Imran Mian ✈ (@TahirImran) September 11, 2023
An American daily, USA Today quoted the Levira Distillery as the entity apologised to the citizens of São Lorenco de Bairro and said that they would take care of the damages done due to the wine flooding. The Distillery issued a statement in which it said, “We assume full responsibility for the costs associated with cleaning and repairing the damage, having teams do so immediately.”
The statement added, “We are committed to resolving this situation as quickly as possible.”
As per the company, the soil which is now soaked with wine will be taken to a specific treatment plant for it to return to its normal state, reported USA Today.