More than 200 millimetres of rain overnight between Thursday and Friday caused flash floods in the provinces of Catania, Syracuse, Messina and Enna, where high water and mud inundated roads and houses.

Rescue crews flew over the affected area in helicopters on Friday morning in an attempt to help those trapped on rooftops or inside vehicles.

“The water came suddenly, then we crashed into the railing and we were afraid we would die,” a local who was trapped in a vehicle told Italian news agency ANSA.

“I got out through the window and then the Carabinieri came to rescue us.”

No injuries or deaths have been reported, but at least one person had to be winched to safety.

Several major roads were partly closed on Friday, while many schools were ordered closed and several flights were diverted from Catania airport.

Find out how much rain each affected area received:

235 mm – Mineo

172 mm – Ramacca

132 mm – Catenanuova

127 mm – Francofonte

95 mm – Palazzolo Acreide

86 mm – Gela

85 mm – Castel di Iudica

83 mm – Linguaglossa

77 mm – Mazzarino

74 mm – Lentini

73 mm – Aidone

65 mm – Buccheri

59mm – Butera

54 mm – Agira

52 mm – Salemi

50 mm – Randazzo, Enna

49 mm – Comiso, Paternò, Ravanusa

48 mm – Licata

47 mm – Santa Croce Camerina

46 mm – Modica, Marsala, Mazara del Vallo

41 mm – Ragusa

40 mm – Trapani, Caltanissetta

39 mm – Scicli, Ispica, Piazza Armerina

31 mm – Syracuse, Ribera

25 mm – Noto, Pachino

24 mm – Agrigento

22 mm – Catania, Nicosia