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More Rain to Impact Cleanup Efforts on Italian Island of Sardinia

Over the time period of Nov. 18 through the Nov. 23, heavy rain fell that resulted in widespread flooding killed at least 16 people on the Italian island of Sardinia, with two other people missing who are feared dead as well, according to CNN.

Parts of the island received six months' worth of rainfall -- 450 mm (more than 17 inches) -- in 12 hours. From Nov. 18 to Nov. 23, the capital city of Cagliari had over 40 mm (1.60 inches) of rain. Normal rainfall for the entire month of November is 52 mm (2.05 inches). The heaviest rain fell north of the city.

More than 2,500 people were displaced from their homes, according to Italy's Civil Protection Agency. Houses were filled with a mixture of water, sand and rubbish. Travel was difficult due to numerous road closures.

Another storm will impact the region Sunday into Monday with a steady rain amounting to another 15-30 mm (0.60-1.20 inches) of rain expected.

Even though this much rain should not cause additional flooding problems, it will likely cause hardships for the people displaced from their homes and slow both rescue and cleanup efforts.