The situation in Vernazza is bleak. Because it is such an isolated village the news is slow in coming. Floods have devastated the town, mud and debris arrive to at least the second floor of all buildings. Three people from Vernazza are still unaccounted for. There is no fresh water, half the town is without electricity and many are being evacuated.
I am an American woman that until recently lived in Vernazza for over 6 years and ran a bed&breakfast (Camere Giuliano) with my husband. I have since separated and moved to Lucca with my daughter but am in constant contact with the people in Vernazza. The talk amongst town is that it will take years to recover from the devastation. Some speculate that it might never recover and will be abandoned completely.
Myself and a few others from Vernazza will be looking to raise funds to help in the rebuild. I will be updating this post regularly with more information on that and will do my best to address any questions asked.