Italy – Floods in Tuscany After 50mm of Rain in 3 Hours

Homes and businesses were flooded yesterday in Tuscany, Italy, after an intense storm dumped over 50 mm of rain in about 3 hours.

The storm hit during the afternoon of 08 May, 2018, flooding areas near Sinalunga (Siena province), San Polo in Chianti (Florence) and Volterra (Pisa).

In San Polo, local civil protection said that two small rivers – the Robiana and the Ema – overflowed, and that roads, houses, shops and other businesses were damaged by the flood water that reached over 1 metre deep. Further damage was caused by a landslide which blocked a road just outside the town.

As of 09 May, the flood waters had receded but parts of the town are still covered in deep mud and debris. Local authorities, volunteers and civil protection are working to clean up the town.

In Volterra, fire crews were called on to rescue two people trapped in their homes by flood water, according to ANSA news agency. Roads have been flooded in the area, leaving some homes isolated.

ANSA reported that a family evacuated a house La Fratta, Siena province, after a nearby stream threated to overflow. Tuscany’s regional government said that the Galegno river overflowed, flooding parts of Torrita di Siena and Sinalunga.

Rainfall in Tuscany, 08 to 09 May 2018. Image: Region of Tuscany Government
Floods in San Polo, Tuscany, Italy, 08 May 2018. Photo: Region of Tuscany Government

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Flood Summary

Last updated: May 10, 2018
Tuscany, Italy, May 2018
May 8 to May 10, 2018
Flash flood
Extreme rainfall


A - San Polo In Chianti
B - Sinalunga
C - Volterra


Rainfall level
Molino d'Era, near Volterra (Pisa) - May 8 to May 9, 2018
Rainfall level
54 mm in 24 hours
San Polo in Chianti - May 8 to May 9, 2018
Rainfall level
62.2 mm in 24 hours
Abbadia - May 8 to May 9, 2018
Rainfall level
56 mm in 24 hours
Poggio alla Croce - May 8 to May 9, 2018


10 people
Tuscany - May 8 to May 9, 2018
Buildings damaged
Tuscany - May 8 to May 9, 2018
estimated figure