The floods that sunk the fiestas

Crimes of the Basquelands by Julie Garcia and Douglas De Carvalho

Episode notes

In this episode and in honour of the 40-year anniversary, Julie and Douglas delve into the harrowing events of the 1983 floods. This natural disaster which happened during Bilbao's "Aste Nagusia", was a celebration turned catastrophe.As the festive spirit swept through the city, an unexpected villain emerged—the relentless rainfall. Bilbao, caught in the grips of torrential downpours, witnessed the Nervion River swell beyond its banks. What began as a joyous occasion soon transformed into a disaster of epic proportions.Join us as we unravel the tale of nature's wrath, exploring the devastation that ensued and the city's struggle to cope. Festivities drowned in the rising waters, but the true crime lay in the economic and emotional aftermath. Lives disrupted, livelihoods lost, and a city left grappling with the scars of a disaster.