Flash Floods in Grosseto, Italy

Torrential rainfall in areas around Grosseto in Tuscany have caused flash floods which are believed to have swept away 2 people. The floods have also caused landslides, damaged houses and walls and blocked roads and train lines, in particular the line from Siena to Grosseto. Over 20 people have been evacuated from their homes in nearby Braccagni.

Local emergency services have been reinforced by crews from neighbouring Pisa, Florence and Livorno. It is understood that the missing people are a father and his young son, both from Switzerland, and were in their vehicle at the time they were swept away by raging flood waters in the town of Massa Marittima. The car has since been found. The search for the missing two continues, although has been hampered by adverse weather conditions.

The region of Grosseto suffered around 15cm of rainfall between 6th and 7th October, with the small town of Braccagni seeing as much as 20cm.

This flood disaster comes less than 12 months after deadly floods struck the same region in November 2012 leaving 4 people dead.

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