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Heavy rains cause mud slides and snow storms over weekend

National News // Aug. 31, 2020

Heavy rain hit cantons Graubünden and Ticino over the weekend – and the cold front brought snow which closed some passes. 

Unsplash Heavy rains cause mud slides and snow storms over weekend

The heaviest hit was the beauty spot the Maggia Valley, near Locarno which got 286 mm of rain. 

The Gotthard Pass was hit with a snow storm – but stayed open. Other smaller passes were closed. 

Mud slides washed a house away on the shores of Lake Lugano, and several others were evacuated. 

People reported flooding and major damage. Emergency services pumped out homes and cleared roads. 

By yesterday afternoon the rain had cleared and the outlook for the rest of the week is sunny. 

 
Tags: rain, snow, slide, storm, mud, ticino

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