Floods in Northern Italy

1951 Floods in Po Valley, Northern Italy

Torrential rain and flash floods have again hit many areas of  Northern Italy during the past few days. This has caused widespread damage and very sadly some loss of life.
This region is very prone to flooding and in November 1951 Italy’s longest river, the River Po bursts its banks killing over 100 people and 30,000 cattle.
In the  five days between November 8-12, 600 billion cubic feet of water  fell on the Po Plain, the amount which would normally fall in six months. Over 425 square miles were flooded as a result.


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