Intense Precipitation Triggers Avalanche Warnings and Evacuations in Italy

Avalanche alerts were announced in Italy’s Dolomites and South Tirol after a weekend winter storm caused heavy snow and rainfall in the area.

Avalanche alerts were announced in Italy’s Dolomites and South Tirol after a weekend winter storm caused heavy snow and rainfall in the area.

Up to 3m of snow has fallen so far in the region while it is expected to receive a meter more.

Italian  Firefighters reported that they have responded to almost 3,000 incidents in the past three days, including rescuing trapped residents. 

The Po river in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region has also risen by 2.5 meters (8 feet) in 24 hours which prompted local authorities to issue evacuations.

A person was also killed after he was swept away by strong waters in a canal while a firetruck and its crew were also swept away after a bridge collapsed.

Nonantola, near Modena, was also inundated after the Panaro river overflowed its banks which prompted its residents to evacuate. 

Aside from Italy, the winter storm also brought snow to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Spain causing road closures and power outages.


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