(ANSA) – FLORENCE, AUG 16 – Water damage, static instability, unsafe trees and branches, emptying of flooded basements: these are the interventions of the firefighters in Florence and the surrounding area, all of a minor nature and without risk for the public and private safety, after the storm of the night of August 15th. 240 requests for intervention from 112 Nue reached the fire brigade operations room. The area most affected, they confirm, is that of Bagno a Ripoli, south of Florence, where the COC of civil protection remains open from the night. Special observation on the flood wave of the Ema river, also monitored by the regional functional center, also watched by volunteer staff. The rescue device implemented by the fire brigade made available ordinary teams, divers, personnel specialized in aquatic rescue and river personnel.
The firefighters specify that “there have been no requests for help from a person at risk of life, or even in difficulty”. Reinforcements were concentrated on Florence by command teams from Prato, Arezzo, Siena and Livorno. This morning 62 requests for intervention were being processed, of which 28 in Bagno a Ripoli and 10 in Florence, the others in the Florentine Chianti, in Greve and Impruneta, five on the opposite side of the province in Cerreto Guidi.
The firefighters are also at work tonight with suction motor pumps, emptying some condominium spaces from the water.
Two teams for the coverage of the Florentine territory remain at the disposal of the ordinary urgent technical rescue interventions in addition to the detachments that are not involved in the bad weather emergency. The command of Florence, with the detachments of Pontassieve, Borgo San Lorenzo and Calenzano, are working to resolve the requests for intervention related to the storm last night. The interventions still to be carried out are 22 between Bagno a Ripoli, Florence, Barberino Val d’Elsa and Impruneta. (HANDLE).