At 6.30pm of Tuesday 25 October 2011, the river Magra overflowed and destroyed quite anything in the surroundings. Two people were reported dead during the flood. In a few minutes’ time the parts of Aulla which had been built after the war was destroyed: supermarkets, shops, offices, schools, the library and the notary archives were all submerged by the waters. And the waters lapped against the abbey too, which had not been done since the remotest geological eras.
Though the museum was destroyed, the glass cases protected the remains, while the ancient statue of the Grieved Madonna was severely damaged. Water and mud invaded the church, and the cloister and its garden were turned into a mud pool.