I have had a chance to make more contact with people from Vernazza, what did we do before the internet! Unfortunately the news has not been good.
New video footage of the disaster in Vernazza. It was really hard to see for me as I have so many memories of time spent there.
For more information on the Disaster Relief Effort see my latest Blog entry.
The people are resilient and I hope that they will receive the financial backing from both the government and outside sources that they will need. Below is a post from someone who spent six years in Vernazza. If you want to follow the conversation on TripAdvisor, here is a link.
The situation in Vernazza is bleak. Because it is such an isolated village the news is slow in coming. Floods have devastated the town, mud and debris arrive to at least the second floor of all buildings. Three people from Vernazza are still unaccounted for. There is no fresh water, half the town is without electricity and many are being evacuated. The talk amongst town is that it will take years to recover from the devastation. Some speculate that it might never recover and will be abandoned completely.
I put this video on youtube to try and spread the word and inspire people to help with the immediate relief efforts and restoration.
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