• LOCATION 22 | A Stroll Through Carouge: Geneva's Little Italy


    Floods on Geneva audio tour A Stroll Through Carouge: Geneva's Little Italy

    These smugglers of course mostly operated when river Arve was at low water. But this river is not always as smooth running as today. Between its source high up in the mountains and here, there is no lake nor dam. So, when there is a big storm in neighboring upper Savoy, or large snow melting around the Mont-Blanc mountains, all the water shoots down here. Through many centuries, there were dramatic floods carrying away bridges, land, and houses with the people and cattle inside. The oldest big one listed was in 1374. Throughout the centuries, it was followed by dozens of others.

    The worst was in 1892, killing 175 people. But now we have reinforced the banks and are safe. In 2015, we had the last big one with more than 10 times the low average flow rate, over 900 m3/sec. But it did no harm. There is a photo of it now on your phone.

    Let's keep going.

    Retrace your steps back the way you came, following the tramway rails as far as its sharp curve.

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A Stroll Through Carouge: Geneva's Little Italy