(ANSA) – FLORENCE, 16 AUG – “There is a lot of material damage, we are committed to helping the families involved”. This was stated by Francesco Casini, mayor of Bagno a Ripoli, about the storm on the evening of August 15th. “A truly extraordinary event – he said – and very special of its kind, because 110 mm of rain in one km of road fell in less than three hours, with peaks even over 15 minutes as the experts explained to us, is an event really rare, which has put a strain on the territory “. Casini explained that “families have also been hit in several situations, there have been damage to some garages and some basements. We are counting, but we are talking about more than 100 homes that have been touched in some way. the moment the damage to homes for which there is unusability, however, are provisional estimates, the damage count is in progress “. In general, the mayor observed, “there were some areas particularly affected, especially Grassina, Antella, Capannuccia, and also other areas towards the localities of Bagno a Ripoli. I must say that there are also positive elements: in operation and the expansion tanks of Capannuccia worked very well. The Ema river rose from zero to the level of flooding in less than an hour, so without the tanks it would also have flooded in Grassina “.
Casini, who returned from vacation on purpose to coordinate operations, announced that he had asked “the Tuscany Region and the Metropolitan City of Florence to activate a state of emergency”. The mayor spoke of “an unprecedented event with significant consequences, fortunately without damage to people but with many problems for homes, cars, roads and municipal heritage”. (HANDLE).
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