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Most devastating flood, October 25, 2011

Flooding in the Cinque Terre, cover

Map of the disaster:


October 25, 2011 - this date will remain in the history of the Cinque Terre forever. That day, one of the most devastating floods fell upon the National Park.

The damage amounts to millions and 13 people died. Many walking trails remained inaccessible to visitors for more than one year.

Vernazza - the village that suffered the most was rebuilt during more than two years. First floors of almost all the building in the village were destroyed and had to be renovated completely. Everything in the town was built almost from scratch, and even sewage had to be rebuilt.

As of today, only a couple of billboards remind about this terrible tragedy; the biggest one is located near Vernazza railway station.

So as to feel those terrible moments experienced by the residents, watch the video at the bottom of this page; some Vernazza inhabitants shot it on that very tragic day. No words can express the horror that you see here in the video.

On this page you can compare the pictures taken a couple of days after the flood with the photos of 2013.
Most of them are photos from Vernazza and Monterosso, as other villages suffered much less.

After the flood:

2 years later:

View from the railway station in Vernazza (flooding, 2011), Italy View from the railway station in Vernazza (2 years after the flood), Italy

1. View from the railway station in Vernazza

Main Street in Vernazza (flooding, 2011), Italy Main Street in Vernazza (2 years after the flood), Italy

2. Main Street in Vernazza

Main Street in Vernazza (flooding, 2011), Italy Main Street in Vernazza (2 years after the flood), Italy

3. Main Street in Vernazza

Area behind the station in Vernazza (flooding, 2011), Italy Area behind the station in Vernazza (2 years after the flood), Italy

4. Area behind the station in Vernazza

Beach and Main Square in Vernazza (flooding, 2011), Italy Beach and Main Square in Vernazza (2 years after the flood), Italy

5. Beach and Main Square in Vernazza

Main Street in Vernazza (flooding, 2011), Italy Main Street in Vernazza (2 years after the flood), Italy

6. Main Street in Vernazza

Main Street in Vernazza (flooding, 2011), Italy Main Street in Vernazza (2 years after the flood), Italy

7. Main Street in Vernazza

Square in the historical centre of Monterosso (flooding, 2011), Italy Square in the historical centre of Monterosso (2 years after the flood), Italy

8. Square in the historical centre of Monterosso

Near the railway bridge in Monterosso (flooding, 2011), Italy Near the railway bridge in Monterosso (2 years after the flood), Italy

9. Near the railway bridge in Monterosso

Near the railway bridge in Monterosso (flooding, 2011), Italy Near the railway bridge in Monterosso (2 years after the flood), Italy

10. Near the railway bridge in Monterosso

Shop opposite the church of St. John the Baptist in Monterosso (flooding, 2011), Italy Shop opposite the church of St. John the Baptist in Monterosso (2 years after the flood), Italy

11. Shop opposite the church of St. John the Baptist in Monterosso

A street in Monterosso (flooding, 2011), Italy A street in Monterosso (2 years after the flood), Italy

12. A street in Monterosso

A street in Monterosso (flooding, 2011), Italy A street in Monterosso (2 years after the flood), Italy

13. A street in Monterosso

Other photos:

Main Square and the beach in Vernazza (flooding, 2011), Italy Main Square and the beach in Vernazza (a couple of months after the floods), Italy Main Square and the beach in Vernazza (2 years after the flood), Italy

14. Main Square and the beach in Vernazza

Flooding in Borghetto Di Vara, Italy, 2011

Borghetto Di Vara

Flooding in Borghetto Di Vara, Italy, 2011

Borghetto Di Vara

Bridge of Colombiera destroyed by flooding, Italy, 2011

Bridge of Colombiera destroyed by flooding

Reconstruction works in Vernazza, Italy

Reconstruction works in Vernazza

Reconstruction works in Vernazza, Italy

Reconstruction works in Vernazza

Reconstruction works in Vernazza, Italy

Reconstruction works in Vernazza

Cinque Terre in the first months after the floods, Italy

Cinque Terre in the first months after the floods

Cinque Terre in the first months after the floods, Italy

Cinque Terre in the first months after the floods

Cinque Terre in the first months after the floods

Cinque Terre in the first months after the floods

Cinque Terre disaster video, October 25, 2011:

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