Flooding and mudslides ravage Liguria and Tuscany

Thankfully, the vineyards where the grapes for Mazzoni are grown have not been affected. But the situation in western Tuscany and Liguria is disastrous.

Photo and article via the The New York Times.

Mudslides and Flooding Ravage Areas of Scenic Beauty in Italy

By Elisabetta Povoledo

ROME — Flailing through mounds of sludge left by torrential rains, rescue workers cleared debris and hunted for survivors in Tuscany and Liguria on Wednesday after mudslides and flooding left at least six people dead and hundreds homeless in those areas, among the most picturesque in Italy.
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The affected area is popular with Italian Riviera tourists.

Video images showed vast devastation, including in Monterosso al Mare, a village on the Unesco World Heritage List.

In some towns, videos showed, streets had become canals, furniture was piled pell-mell outside homes, bridges were swept away, highways were blocked by tree trunks and overturned trucks, cars were washed out to sea and boats were shredded like matchsticks.

Telecommunications and electricity were severed in the worst-hit towns, while train service was disrupted and numerous roads and highways were closed, civil protection authorities said.

In Monterosso al Mare, one of the five medieval towns that make up the picturesque Cinque Terre, a popular tourist draw on the Italian Riviera, one video showed a muddy river sweeping through a street, the water lapping at the ground floors of the buildings.

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