Violent storm causes widespread flooding in Rome

Flooded roads and metro stations lead to commuter chaos in Rome.

Rome suffered widespread flooding, particularly in the eastern suburbs but also in the city centre, thanks to a violent storm on the evening of Sunday 21 October.
Unexpectedly heavy showers of rain and hailstones led to commuter chaos, causing some motorists to abandon their semi-submerged cars on flooded roads. There are also reports of fallen trees and rubbish floating on streets of the capital.
Rome's public transport provider ATAC closed four metro stations due to flooding: Colli Albani, Lucio Sestio and Cinecittà on the A line and Pietralata on the B line.
The Basilica di S. Sebastiano, along the Appia Antica, was reportedly flooded with half a metre of water.
The mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, announced that emergency teams were working throughout the night to "restore the situation to normal as quickly as possible."

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