Flash flooding in Genoa, Italy

Written by Staff Writer Flooding on the Genoa waterfront turned major roads into raging rivers in Italy’s northern port city on Saturday and drove thousands from their homes. Flash flooding in southern Italy forces…

Flash flooding in Genoa, Italy

Written by Staff Writer

Flooding on the Genoa waterfront turned major roads into raging rivers in Italy’s northern port city on Saturday and drove thousands from their homes.

Flash flooding in southern Italy forces residents to flee neighborhood. Credit: Guido Bertolaso/Guglielmo Mangiapane via Getty Images

Towering waves gushed out of a storm system that hit Italy from the eastern Adriatic Sea. Video of the event at Genoa’s La Bottega area and the Maremma coast showed the torrents of water swirling through the streets before being dragged into a shipping channel.

Photos on Italian news sites showed canals and narrow streets turning into raging waterways.

“The scene is very difficult and shows the difficulty of dealing with exceptional weather,” a city official told state-run radio RFI. “People simply cannot drive into these areas,” he said.

Hundreds of rescue workers rushed to save people from some of the city’s damaged coastal area.

The National Center for Emergency Planning said nearly 4,000 people — including 1,000 pets — had been evacuated from northern Veneto.

Numerous flights to and from Italy’s third-largest city had been canceled or delayed, officials said.

Alberto Marini, head of the city’s rescue services, told state-run Radio24 that as many as 2,000 homes had been damaged, according to reports.

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