DISASTER IN 1923
The sinister ruins of one of the worst dam failures of the 20th century lie in this astonishing alpine setting.
In a growing modern nation craving for energy, as Italy was at the beginning of the 20th century, hydroelectric power was a synonym of progress, representing a victory of humankind over nature. Yet in the mountains of Bergamo province in Lombardy, that attempted feat would take a tragic turn.
What remains of the dam is a 160-foot-high concrete barrage with a huge, chilling laceration in its central section. The sinister ruins are a stark and surreal contrast with the stunning alpine surroundings.
Clancy's comment: Sadly, many who lost their lives were probably still in bed asleep.