by Richard Davies, floodlist
Heavy rains wreaked havoc in the region of South Tyrol (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol), northern Italy, from 05 August 2022.
Around 100 mm of rain fell within one hour in some areas, causing flash floods, debris flows and mudslides which damaged homes and hotels and left roads impassable. The region’s volunteer fire service carried out more than 200 missions involving around 1,000 firefighters.
The government of Bolzano Province said areas around San Martin de Tor (Italian: San Martino in Badia; German: St. Martin in Thurn) were worst affected.
Almost 100 mm of rain fell in one hour from 17.20 on 05 August 2022. Over 50 tourists and staff were evacuated from a hotel in Val Badia in San Martin de Tor.
Elsewhere in the province, the a stream burst its banks in Pflersch damaging several buildings. Officials later reported 15,000 cubic meters of debris fell in the St. Anton area in Pflersch.
Two tourists managed to escape unharmed from their vehicle after it was buried by a mudslide in the municipality of Olang (Italian: Valdaora). No injuries were reported. A landslide also damaged several parked vehicles in Sorafurcia.
In the Province of Trento, local authorities said the municipalities of Campitello di Fassa, San Giovanni di Fassa and Mazzin were worst affected. Over 200 people were evacuated from homes and hotels. Many of those evacuated spent the night in emergency accommodation managed by the Red Cross. The severe weather caused major issues on the road system in the province, in particular on the SS 48 motorway and the SP 238 road in Moncion, which were closed to traffic for a few hours.
On 12 August the Trento provincial government declared a state of calamity for the territories of the Alta Val di Fassa affected by the severe weather.
According to Trento provincial government, between 17.15 and 19.45 on 05 August 2022, more than 123 mm of rain fell in Monzon, of which more than 100 mm fell between 18.30 and 19.30.
Credit for all images is to: Landesverband der Freiwilligen Feuerwehren Südtirols / Unione Provinciale dei Corpi dei Vigili del Fuoco Volontari dell'Alto Adige.