When my sister and I went to Madeira Island three short weeks ago we were greeted by lush green mountains, wonderful weather, brightly colored flowers and beautiful blue waters.
Of course it wasn't completely perfect. It did rain, especially hard on the day we were scheduled to leave, but that's a story for another day. Needless to say, no one would have predicted a months worth of rain would ever fall in 8 hours like it did on Saturday. The island and many lives have changed in 3 short weeks after we came and left.
An island that once looked like this:
currently looks like this, with many months of repair ahead: