Authorities were urging residents to seek shelter in buildings with higher floors as two rivers broke, sparking the massive floods.
The floods have been responsible for causing mudslides, uprooting trees, causing power outages, and even sweeping cars and furniture items down streets. Flooding in the country has also brought down bridges and houses.
Some residents in coastal communities had to be evacuated by sea.
The Associated Press
states that flights into the region have been cancelled or delayed, and that a soccer match scheduled for Saturday against Inter Milan was postponed.
Heavy rains have been forecast at least through Saturday, with flooding even being reported in Venice.
According to MSNBC
, Premier Silvio Berlusconi has told Italy's civil protection chief to take whatever measures necessary to ensure the safety and provide assistance to the affected residents. The Italian government is also allocating around $100 million to aid in disaster relief.
A YouTube video just uploaded shows the devastation in the area. The woman filming the video has trouble maintaining her composure as she captures images of the disaster.
Italy has been plagued by these types of floods over the past several days. Floods also struck the region on Oct. 28, where 10 people were killed.
first reported of floods happening in the country on Oct. 26 in the Tuscany and Liguria regions. At least 5 deaths have been reported from that disaster.