Analysis of the flooding event of October 22-23, 2005 in a small basin in the province of Bari (Southern Italy)


  • Tiziana Bisantino Functional Centre, Civil Protection of Apulia Region, Bari, Italy.
  • Vincenzo Pizzo Geotecnologie S.R.L., Bari, Italy.
  • Maurizio Polemio National Research Council-Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection, Bari, Italy.
  • Francesco Gentile | Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy.


In the province of Bari the hydrographic network consists of ephemeral streams called lame. In these watercourses the absence of runoff for long periods contributed to unfounded beliefs concerning the hydraulic safety of the landscape and therefore uncontrolled changes in streambeds and floodplains. In these streams high water discharges can occur during heavy rainfalls, as demonstrated by the floods that hit the city of Bari in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The flooding event of October 22-23, 2005 can be considered catastrophic as it resulted in six deaths, numerous injuries and substantial damage sustained by road and railway infrastructures at the intersection with the hydrographic network. This study aims to analyse the severity of the event in terms of the response of the landscape with reference to the case of the lama Scappagrano basin, where a Eurostar train derailed due to the collapse of the railway embankment. Coupled hydrological and two-dimensional hydraulic modelling was performed to reconstruct the flood hydrograph and water depths on the upstream side of the embankment. The results were used to set the boundary conditions to analyse the internal stability of the embankment using a finite element method.



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Floods, modelling, embankment stability.
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Bisantino, T., Pizzo, V., Polemio, M., & Gentile, F. (2016). Analysis of the flooding event of October 22-23, 2005 in a small basin in the province of Bari (Southern Italy). Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 47(4), 197–204.

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