The Umbria Floods (2012, 2013, 2014)

The Umbria Floods (2012, 2013, 2014)

The Umbria Region is located in Central Italy and covers 8456 km2 with a population of 883000 inhabitants (source: national statistical office, 2011). The region is exposed to a variety of natural hazards, ranging from earthquakes (it is important to remind here the 1997 earthquake that triggered the modernization of the civil protection service) to landslides, drought, floods. Since June 2012, the Politecnico di Milano and the Civil Protection Service of the Umbria Region have developed a joint activity focused on the development of new, enhanced tools for assessing post-flood damage. Then a series of floods hit different towns and areas of the Region in November 2012, November 2013, February and November 2014. These events, although differing in severity and extent, in a small region of less than 900.000 inhabitants, provoked significant distress amongst the population and on the civil protection services. But, these same unfortunate events constituted the “fortunate” opportunity to test, refine and consolidate the tools, methods and procedures that have been developed and re-developed several times. Full events reports were produced, providing a picture of the physical features of the flood at both the regional and the local level, and of the damage to multiple sectors, including businesses, agriculture, infrastructures, and cultural heritage. In the context of the IDEA project, such tools will be further refined, tested, analysed and full procedure for collecting, assessing and using flood damage data for different purposes will be developed, shared with a variety of public and private stakeholders and possibly approved by the Regional Government. In the context of this joint cooperation, a number of scientific articles have been already published in international journals as well as contributions to the GAR 2015 by ISDR.

Recent Projects

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Earthquake of Lorca in 2011

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The Gloucestershire UK 2007 flood event

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