George Clooney Turns to Help Flooding Next to his Lake Como Mansion
Northern Italy has experienced days of heavy rains that have affected Laglio, where the actor has had his home for 20 years, so he has announced that he will help by raising funds.
Last Tuesday, rain began to fall in torrential quantities over northern Italy, already close to the country’s border with Switzerland. The residents of the area had to take refuge wherever they could because the water flooded the houses, destroying several of them. Three days of incessant rains that have left a devastated landscape covered with mud and debris that washed down from the mountains on one of the best known, tourist and luxurious areas of Italy, Lake Como. The area is as well known as they are his neighbors, and one of the most illustrious has wanted to come to the aid of the place: none other than George Cloney.
The actor from, among others, Batman & Robin and Gravity has spent several weeks with his wife, lawyer Amal Clooney, and their twins Alexander and Ella, who have just turned four years old, in Villa Oleandra, the mansion he has had for 20 years at shores of the lake. In the residence, one of the most appreciated by the actor, they have stayed from the Obamas with their daughters to David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones or Jennifer Aniston, as well as Enrique of England and Meghan Markle . Last year due to covid-19 the family did not go to their Italian residence, but this summer they have been there since at least the beginning of July.
George Clooney feels like one more neighbor of the place and that is why he has helped with the cleaning and removal of rubble and has also announced that he will try to raise funds for Laglio, the village to which his house belongs and which has been left in a completely dilapidated state. caused by the mud and debris washed away by the rains, which have flooded and even submerged some of the houses. According to Roberto Pozzi, mayor of Laglio, to the British newspaper The Times, Clooney did not take long to take action on the matter. “He came straight to the town hall to see what had happened and we took him for a walk to check the damage,” explains Pozzi. “He was really worried and said that he wanted to help. We are going to raise funds and he will use his own channels to do it as well, so we can help people who have been left homeless, ”pointed out the local councilor.
George Clooney himself has made statements on local Italian television, where he apologized for not being able to speak the language. “It’s much worse than he thought,” explained the actor in English. “In Cernobbio [a town further south] the situation is serious and in Laglio it is even worse. I have spoken with the mayor and there is going to be a lot of work, it will cost millions of dollars, but this city is strong. It will react and it will be even better than before. It is a city with a great capacity for resilience ”, he affirmed. 60 people had to be evacuated from the entire area, 30 of them from Laglio.
“Anyone who comes to Laglio will pull their hair out of the seriousness of the situation,” Mayor Pozzi told the Times. “Around half a million cubic meters of materials have flooded the city. We need the government to declare a state of emergency and give us extra financial support ”. In addition, Pozzi told The Sun newspaper that up to four houses had been completely destroyed by the rains.
Clooney’s relationship with the entire Lake Como area in general and with Laglio, of just 900 inhabitants, in particular has been close for years. In 2004 the city council named him a neighbor of honor. “His link with the town is already a heritage that no one can take from us,” said the then mayor, Giuseppe Mantero. The locality has always corresponded to the enormous publicity that the interpreter makes for it. Around 2010 it began to speculate that the actor, overwhelmed by the persecution of the photographers, intended to sell the mansion, so in 2014 his councilor issued an order to prohibit anyone from approaching less than a hundred meters from Villa Oleandra. In 2015 and due to the insistent rumors of a possible sale (there was talk of 90 million euros, when the villa cost 10), fines of up to 500 euros were imposed for anyone who dared to approach the property. So Clooney can rest with the peace that he will seek there.