Recently, about three kilometers of the riverbed were deepened and cleaned. Now the Cahul River looks quieter, and its waters are crystal clear. All these investments were possible with the support of the European Union, through the Support to Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (SARD), implemented by the UNDP.
Ion Presenti, an inhabitant of Vulcanesti, is used to keep high and short rubber boots next to the door of his basement, which would always sink in water, starting with December and till May: “First wave would come in abundance, one could not enter inside even in high boots. Then it would drop 20 cm, then 10 cm, yet these rubber boots would always be here on guard at the basement door, day and night. The water would drop until the next rainfall, then it would come back.”
Year by year, he tirelessly flighted the water streams. Ion lifted the shelves for cans at 30 cm above the floor. After twenty years of struggle to keep his home intact, he still can’t believe his family’s nightmare is over: “July was very rainy. I was away in Chisinau for a week, and when I came back home and went to the cellar, there was no water in it,” tells Ion Presenti.
Lidia Cavalji had to move away from the river’s bank twenty years ago: “It was in 1991, when waters reached our windows. I cannot remember a year without floods”. The house’s walls look like maps, being covered with marks of floods, while the door, destroyed by humidity, had to be replaced. After each flood, Lidia Cavalji had to evacuate water from the basement with a bucket, or she had to ask for help from the Emergency Service.