Disasters & Accidents

Idyllic Lake Como towns struck by storm floods

Rome, Jun 7 (EFE).- The picturesque Italian villages perched on glamorous Lake Como, one of Italy’s most exclusive areas, have been engulfed by mud and debris after a storm battered the area on Monday night.

Firefighters reported Monday that work was underway to ensure the main transport links and roads were cleared of fallen trees, rocks, mud and debris that had flowed from the mountains to the shores of the lake located at the foot of the Alps in northern Italy.

The heavy rains have not caused any injuries but serious material damage has been reported and several vehicles have been washed away.

The towns of Laglio and Nesso, which last summer were affected by a strong flood, are the current storm damage hotspots.

The glacial Lake Como, in the Italian region of Lombardy, is one of the most sought-after real estate spots in the country and many local and international celebrities have luxury properties on its shoreline.

American actor Geroge Clooney owns Villa Oleandra in Laglio, which was damaged by landslides caused by the 2021 storm and saw the Oscar winner travel to the town to help with repair work.

While the rest of Italy reels with its first African heat wave of the year, which reached its peak on Sunday, in the north communities are grappling with a storm that has rolled in from the Atlantic.

The Lombardy Environmental Agency, ARPA, has forecast fresh rain in Lake Como with moderate intensity, although it has not ruled out further storms. EFE


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