November: Italy’s Month for Floods


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After the severe flooding in Italy’s Marche and Abruzzo provinces between 10 and 13 November, Italy’s 3b Meteo have been quick to point out that November may well be considered Italy’s “Flood month”.

For the last 3 years, November has brought deadly floods to Italy. 3b Meteo looked even further into the past, revealing that the month of November has seen around 15 major flood events strike Italy since 1950.

However, it is the more recent figures that are most interesting. Over half of the major November floods listed by 3b Meteo occurred after 2000. In the 50 years between 1950 to 2000, Italy saw 6 major flood events during the month of November. In the last 13 years (2000 to 2013), Italy has seen 9 major flood events during November, with a total of 28 people killed.

Below is a list of the major flood events in Italy that occurred during the month of November (with thanks to 3b Meteo)

  • 10 November: Flooding in Marche and Abruzzo killed 2 people.
  • 28 November, 2012: Carrara. 200 mm of rain fell in just 2 hours. No fatalities.
  • 12 November, 2012: Floods in Grosseto after heavy rainfall and nearby rivers broke their banks. 6 people died.
  • 11 November, 2012: Floods in Massa and Carrara – 300 were displaced and 1 person died.
  • 22 November, 2011: Floods in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto. 3 people died.
  • 4 November, 2011: Floods in Genoa, after 500mm of rain fell in just 5 hours. 4 rivers overflowed. 6 people died.
  • 1 November, 2010: Flooding in Vicenza after 540mm of rain in 24 hours. 3 people died.
  • 23 November, 2000: Floods in Liguria killed 4 people.
  • 6 November, 2000: Flooding in western Liguria, killed 3 people.
Floods in Vicenza, Italy, November 2010. Phot Credit: US Army Africa
Floods in Vicenza, Italy, November 2010. Photo Credit: US Army Africa

For a full list of the floods, see 3b Meteo here.