They sure kept the wine flowing.
Residents of a small town on the coast of Portugal were stunned when a river of red wine flowed through their streets on Sunday, after two tanks owned by Levira Distillery, carrying a whopping 600,000 gallons of the beverage, suddenly gave way.
A video posted online showed the red liquid flowing down a steep hill in the small town of São Lorenco de Bairro, home to about 2,000 residents.
The spill was so massive that the leaked wine could have filled an Olympic-size swimming pool, prompting an environmental alert.
Officials then sprang into action trying to stop the wine in its tracks, before it could literally turn the Certima River into wine.
The Anadia Fire Department blocked the flood and diverted it away from the river, where it reached a nearby field, local media reported.
More than 2 million liters of wine flowed through the streets of a Portuguese town this Sunday.CEN
A video posted online showed the wine running down the street, as it headed toward a nearby river. CEN
Firefighters said the basement of a home near the distillery was flooded by wine.
Levira Distillery has since apologized for the incident and said it dredged up the wine-soaked soil.
“We take full responsibility for the costs associated with cleaning up and repairing the damage, having crews do so immediately,” he said in a statement.
“We are committed to resolving this situation as quickly as possible.”
He added that the wine-soaked soil in the field was taken to a special treatment plant.