The city of Lugano is located in the heart of the Ticino region, and after a lot of rainfall it’s possible for flooding! We took a walk to the city during a recent flood alert for Lugano in November, to see what a Lugano flood level 3 alert would be like. Keep in mind that the flood level warnings from Lake Lugano looked different to the flood level warnings for the rivers. Many rivers in Ticino were extremely high, with waterfalls not safe to visit. Our post shares city of Lugano photos only.
Lugano Flood Alerts
There are 5 danger levels that can be classed by the authorities for flooding in Switzerland.
High water levels and flooding arising from water courses bursting their banks can be caused by lakes, streams and rivers carrying large quantities of water. It can also be the runoff after heavy precipitation (rain or snow) and/or severe snow melt. Lastly it can furthermore be from more groundwater than usual reaching the surface (e.g. springs).
The high water levels in lakes such as Lake Lugano usually persist for a long time, but generally have a less direct destructive effect than streams that burst their banks. These normally flow very fast and are thus capable of causing enormous damage in an extremely short time. So for Lugano, the flooding was visible in certain areas such as the photos showing below.
It’s important to note that flood alerts can vary by region and are highly dependent on local conditions. The Swiss population is generally well-prepared for such events, and the country’s topography and infrastructure contribute to effective flood management. More information on the different levels can be read up on the official Swiss natural hazard pages.
In this mini post we share below our best photos from the Lugano flood level 3 alert that we had during November 2023. This was after quite a lot of rainfall in the weeks before during Autumn in Ticino.
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