Flooding of river Tejo is common, even desired by the population for what it means in fertility. Everybody is used to it, and the calm shown while they take the needed measures to protect their belongings is remarkable.
Some incidents may occur, but in Santarém area they are uncommon.
Once upon a time I had a friend who was a captain. One day,that captain led his soldiers from Santarém to Lisbon, and became the national hero of April 25 revolution.
I was in the war, in Angola, and only could embrace Salgueiro Maia, several months later, a few years before his premature death.
The statue in front of the abandoned military quarters represents what our history called "Infante Santo". a nobble who died prisoner in Fes, after our defeat in Ksar-el Kibir, but my memories go to the lost friend.
There's a statue of my friend Maia in Santarém, but not in the place where I think that it should be - here.
Beautifully restored by the City Hall it is open again for visitors.