Based on a news story on an Italian website in La Spezia, the storm is being called the “Flood from Hell” and the photos posted clearly reinforce that expression. The death toll has now risen to 9, although not all are from Cinque Terre, Some are from nearby coastal towns.
People are still missing and the highest cliff town of Corniglia is still completely isolated. Partial train service has been restored after cleaning the mud and debris away from the tracks, but the Vernazza stop is not functioning yet.Trenitalia, the Italian railway seems to be handling the disaster fairly well, considering that they have managed to open some of the track. Until then the only access to these fishing villages was from the sea, just as it was years ago before the train lines were built here.
Here are some photos from Monterosso and Vernazza that were posted on the La Spezia website You can compare these to the photos of the same area that I took in May. I am glad that they are getting help, and on Sunday, according to the Italian news, people donated money at a regional soccer game to help clean up after the disaster.