On December the 1st 1923, Gleno's
dam broke down causing 356 victims. This is one of the worst disasters happened
Gleno's dam and Gleno mountain are placed on the Orobie Alps, in the Vilminore di Scalve municipality (near Bergamo).
THE PREVIOUS HISTORY
The dam has been planned and financed by private entrepreneurs, the Vigaṇ family. The construction started in 1916 and ended at the beginning of 1923. The initial project, providing for a system on gravity, has been left in the middle of working, to adopt a multi-arches system, in order to create an artificial lake which exploited river Povo's waters. The aim of the dam construction, in fact, was to fill up electric centrals in the valley.
On Saturday, December 1st, 1923, 40 days after the inauguration, some of the arches broke down: a lot of water fell on the valley's villages until reaching Iseo's Lake. First Bueggio, a small village of the Vilminore municipality, then Dezzo; in the end, the water flew into Dezzo torrent, destroying Corna di Darfo.
The collapse was already been indicated, because of the lack of professionalism, the speed and the carelessness during the construction: the news said about a not well-washing of sand, scaffoldings forgotten in the cement and leaks of water. Moreover, that sad day the rolling shutters hadn't been opened: water got over the limits.
THE DAM NOWADAYS
For more info about the walk and possible alternatives, please visit http://www.scalve.it/gleno/sentieri.htm
It's possible to know more about the subject, reading testimonies, newspaper articles of those days, looking for the dam plans, the photo archives and more at http://www.scalve.it/gleno/default.htm
Laurea (specialistica) in
Comunicazione e strategia della marca e del consumatore AA 2004/2005
Laboratorio di Informatica ICT per la Comunicazione della marca - Prof Andrea Carignani
Luca CURTO, Leonardo DE SANTI, Paola FINZI, Veronica PORZIONATO, Sara ROMELLI