Italy – Flash Floods and Landslides in Veneto Region Leave 1 Dead

Heavy rain between 04 and 05 August 2017 caused flash floods and landslides in a mountainous area of northern Italy.

One victim died when her car was swept away in flood water and debris in the ski report town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the heart of the southern Alps in Province of Belluno, Veneto region.

Flooding was also reported in the nearby villages of Rio Gere, Lago Scin and Alvera. Several houses were damaged by flood water and debris, and some evacuations were carried out. Luca Zaia, president of Veneto Region, declared a state of crisis for the area.

The rainfall event was described by local media as “bomba d’acqua” or water bomb. According to figures from Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione e Protezione Ambientale (ARPA) Veneto, only 14.4 mm of rain was recorded in 24 hours at the Cortina d’Ampezzo – Gilardon weather station on 04 August. A further 14.8 mm fell the net day.

The heaviest rainfall was recorded at the Misurina weather station, around 10 km north west of Cortina, where 102.4 mm of rain fell in 24 hours on 04 August.

Flood debris in Cortina, Italy, 05 August 2017. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco
Clearing flood debris in Cortina, Italy, 05 August 2017. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

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Flood Summary

Last updated: August 9, 2017
Event
Northern Italy, August 2017
Date
August 4 to August 6, 2017
Type
Flash flood, Landslide
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Cortina d'Ampezzo
B - Alvera
C - Rio Gere
D - Lago Scin
E - Misurina

Magnitude

Rainfall level
102.4 mm in 24 hours
Misurina - August 4 to August 4, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
1 person
Cortina d'Ampezzo - August 4 to August 6, 2017

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