Italy in the rain. Landslides in Liguria, alert in Veneto

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Italy in the rain. Landslides in Liguria, alert in Veneto

After a winter with more than unusual spring temperatures, Italy is once again having to deal with bad weather. Numerous landslides have hit Liguria, which has been under water for hours now, while in Veneto there is growing anxiety for the night, when the meteorological situation is destined to worsen.

The Civil Protection has issued a red alert, while the municipality of Vicenza has ordered the closure of all schools for tomorrow. “These are complex hours”, says governor Luca Zaia who is following the evolution of the situation.

The first region to have felt the blow of the return of winter is Liguria. Last night a landslide literally cut Pieve Ligure in two: a thousand isolated inhabitants, closed schools, some displaced people and the hope that the road, at least one-way, can be reopened.

After yesterday's landslide which destroyed the steps of the D'Albertis school in San Fruttuoso in Genoa, narrowly avoided by a minibus and a car, and the one which invaded the A10 between Celle and Varazze in the direction of Genoa (now reopened), another landslide along the provincial road in Davagna (Genoa) caused the rupture of a gas pipe, requiring the metropolitan city to temporarily close to traffic. Safety works are underway. But there are many land subsidences caused by rain: especially in the municipalities of La Spezia (Campiglia), Carasco (S. Pietro di Sturla), Genova Mele and Santo Stefano di Magra (via Cisa Nord). The Turchino state road near Gnocchetto is still closed and has been invaded by boulders. On the other hand, the cumulative numbers speak clearly: in the last 24 hours 118.4 mm fell in Carpe – Case Garone (Municipality of Toirano); 112 mm at Mele; 81 mm in Borzone (Municipality of Borzonasca). Precipitation is currently affecting the entire region, with widespread and persistent rain.

The bad weather today did not spare even Tuscany, which was on orange alert until midnight: cumulative temperatures exceeded 130 millimeters in Fabbriche di Vergemoli and 121 in Equi Terme. Flooding in Livorno. High levels in all basins in the areas subject to alert, in particular in the central-northern and coastal ones. The rain caused multiple landslides in the province of Lucca. In Versilia, in the municipality of Massarosa, a landslide involved a car: the two people on board, the firefighters explain, were stuck inside but were not injured. The landslide completely blocked the road: traffic was restored around 5am. Due to another landslide, in Galligano, in Garfagnana, three families were left isolated.
Also in the Massarosa area, the firefighters intervened due to another large landslide. The state road 67 bis 'Tosco Romagnola' was temporarily closed to traffic in both directions at the Arnaccio.

The orange alert has also been triggered in Emilia-Romagna. The rainfall is generating floods with occupation of the floodplain areas and involvement of the banks in the downstream sections of the Arda, Parma, Enza, Secchia and Reno rivers. In the early hours of the morning the Quaresimo stream in the Reggio Emilia area overflowed, overflowing onto the SP72. The Sorbolo Levante bridge over the Enza river, which connects the provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia in the Brescello area, is closed: the river has reached a level of 11 meters on an alert threshold of three. Bridges 'under observation' in the Modena area. In the Veneto, meanwhile, anxiety is growing for the next few hours. Today between Vicenza and Padua, on the Milan-Venice line, all train traffic has been suspended due to the rain which is becoming insistent. Added to all this is the avalanche danger: in Trentino, where it continues to snow, the danger is defined as strong (level 4 of 5).

Same level of danger in Veneto and in the Pre-Alps and in Piedmont where the yellow alert is in force specifically for avalanches. The day ends with a certain tension in the North West but, looking closely at the forecasts, it won't end there.

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