George Clooney caught in floods that hit northern Italy

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George Clooney caught in floods that hit northern Italy

George Clooney and his family were caught in the devastating floods and mudslides that hit northern Italy Tuesday, as they vacationed in their picturesque Lake Como holiday home.

The A-lister — who owns the 18th-century Villa Oleandra in idyllic Laglio — was photographed with Mayor Roberto Pozzi as he offered his support to locals amid the havoc.

More than 60 people have been rescued after Laglio and other towns surrounding Lake Como were swamped when extreme weather hit the country.

Tree trunks and rocks washed down a nearby mountainside and swept past the “Ocean’s Eleven” star’s home — but fortunately, Clooney, 60, his wife Amal, 43, and their twins, 4, were unhurt and their property was not damaged, The Sun reported.

“It’s so much worse than anybody thinks. We were in Cernobbio and it was very bad, but here in Laglio it’s much worse,” Clooney told Italian media. “They think it could be years and millions of dollars before they fix it up.”

Amal Clooney and George Clooney.
George and Amal Clooney were at their 18th-century Villa Oleandra in Laglio near Lake Como.
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“This town has been here forever, it’s going to continue and it’s going to be stronger and come back better. This is a very resilient town,” the actor added.

Pozzi, who was forced to order some evacuations, told The Sun: “We had three days of continuous rain and then all hell broke loose and we were flooded with an amazing wall of water and debris from the mountain.”

The mayor described the scene as a “disaster zone.”

Overflowing rivers and landslides have blocked roads throughout the area.
More than 60 people have been rescued from Laglio and other towns surrounding Lake Como.
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A view of a landslide in Laglio, on Lake Como, after a mudslide on July 28, 2021.
A view of a landslide in Laglio, on Lake Como, after a mudslide on July 28, 2021.
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A terrace of a house hit by a landslide in Laglio, on Lake Como,  is littered by mud and debris on July 28, 2021.
A terrace of a house hit by a landslide in Laglio, on Lake Como, is littered by mud and debris on July 28, 2021.
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“Four houses have been destroyed and those families are being given alternative accommodation,” he told the outlet.

“The noise and the strength of the water were amazing. I have never seen anything like it. This will take many days to clear up.

“George and his family are here and the road near their house is impassable in places but they are safe and there was no damage to their property,” Pozzi added.

George Clooney with restaurant owners.
George Clooney visited and gave his support to local bar and restaurant owners who have been affected by severe weather.
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George Clooney walking the streets of Laglio, near his Italian home on Lake Como.
George Clooney has owned the property near Lake Como since 2002.
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Clooney’s property — which he bought in 2002 for about $14 million — features
25 rooms, an outdoor theater and a swimming pool — in addition to a 328-foot exclusion zone, The Sun reported.

The storms devastating Lake Como came a day after hailstones the size of tennis balls damaged nearly 100 vehicles and stalled traffic on a highway near Bologna, in northern Italy.

Video showed cars with windshields shattered by the hailstones pulled over on the side of a highway as stunned drivers and passengers observed the damage.

A view of George Clooney's Italian house, Villa Oleandra, situated on Lake Como's south-western shores, in Laglio.
A view of George Clooney’s Italian house, Villa Oleandra, situated on Lake Como’s south-western shores, in Laglio.
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While hailstorms are a common summer feature in Italy’s Po River Valley, meteorologist Luca Lombroso told the Bologna daily, il Resto di Carlino, that the strength and frequency of hailstorms this year has made the phenomenon “unusual.”

With Post wires

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