By now many of you have already heard on the news or online about the devastating flood in Atrani last Thursday. It has been a somber four days on the Amalfi Coast as the little towns and villages work together to help Atrani begin to recover and to continue the search for Francesca Mansi, the 25 year old girl from Minori who was working at Atrani’s Bar Risacca when the sudden flood swept through the town’s piazza Thursday evening. Massive rains on Thursday caused the Dragone river, which runs from the Lattari Mountains down the valley between Scala and Ravello, to overflow in Atrani. The river runs under the main road of Atrani and out to the sea. During the storm the river broke through the road and caused a powerful flow of water and mud to fill the main road, washing cars, scooters and debris into the main piazza and to the beach. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the video footage filmed during the flood.
I was in Atrani Friday morning, as the town had the first glimpse in daylight of the extent of the damage. In the face of such tragedy, it has been difficult to know what to say here on Ciao Amalfi!. Perhaps there are no right words in such a situation. I have received many messages asking about the town and what has happened there from people who love Atrani and who have homes there, too. I think the pictures I took Friday morning speak for themselves about what the town of Atrani is going through.
(Click through to see the images larger and with captions.)
I will post updated information and photos over the coming weeks. You can find daily updates (in Italian only) on the events in Atrani on Positanonews.it. Please keep the people of Atrani, especially the family and friends of Francesca Mansi, in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.