“If you don’t know the procedures required by law, you risk causing unnecessary alarmism by giving inaccurate information about those who work to try to do everything possible, often the impossible, to support municipalities affected by storms and other meteorological emergencies ”. The regional councilor for infrastructure and civil protection, Enrico Melasecche, thus responded to the Mayor of Pietralunga regarding the lack of funds to repair the damage caused by the flood. “First of all, I remember – says Melasecche – that the attention of the Region has always been maximum, in my person as councilor as far as I could and in the physical presence of the Civil Protection officials on the flood sites just as the phenomena were taking place, including all the alerts. The next morning I went, for the whole day, to check landslides, rivers, companies on the spot, talking to the administrators, volunteers and families. Noting also situations in which the inappropriateness of placing industrial areas on the banks of rivers, which have not been permitted for many decades, multiplies the damage in the event of a disaster. The teams of volunteers were coordinated alongside the municipal technicians who proceeded to remove materials and mud to free the flooded roads and private areas. The request for a state of emergency was immediately sent to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – the commissioner underlines – and was then declared on 4 November 2022 as the coincidence of the change of government did not allow the provision to be passed earlier, even if requested , during deliveries between old and new. The limit of the only municipalities identified for the emergency, Gubbio, Scheggia and Pietralunga is not due to regional technical choices but to decisions of national technicians. In the meantime – continues Melasecche – the Region, just four days after the event, made the sums available for the first emergency expenses, as the requests arrived from the municipalities and, once received, subsequently assigned at the beginning of October to the municipalities that had requested it, quantifying the sums spent and the related reasons. Only yesterday, 23 November, did the Ordinance arrive which identifies the methods for managing the funds made available by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and dictates the methods for their use, identifying President Tesei as delegate Commissioner.
There are several fulfillments within our competence – explains the councilor Melasecche. First of all, prepare an intervention plan, for the assigned sum of 600,000 euros, containing measures aimed at rescuing and assisting the population, at removing dangers for public and private safety, at restoring the functionality of public services and network infrastructures strategic. It may also include waste management activities, rubble, plant or alluvial material or excavated earth and rocks produced by events. This plan should have been drawn up in the next 30 days to be submitted to the Department for approval, but the offices, on my direct input, urging the three municipalities concerned, have already defined it and so I immediately arranged for it to be sent to Rome. In the meantime, with a clear picture of the first national interventions, further regional sums are being allocated to the municipalities that were affected by the event but which have not been included in the declaration of a state of emergency. This in order, at least, to restore the other municipalities of out-of-pocket expenses incurred for a reason of evident fairness. Furthermore, within 45 days – continues the councilor – the Commissioner will also have to identify the additional measures necessary to overcome the emergency, as well as the most urgent interventions both for the first economic measures of immediate support towards the population and economic and productive activities directly affected by the event, and for the reduction of the residual risk in the areas affected by natural disasters. In this regard, the intermediation activity of the municipalities is indispensable since, in order to evaluate the first measures, the Commissioner will have to define the estimate of the necessary resources, according to criteria and ceilings already fixed. To activate the first economic measures of immediate support to the social fabric towards families whose main, usual and continuous residence is compromised, due to the events in question, in its functional integrity, up to a maximum limit of 5,000 euros; for the immediate resumption of economic and productive activities on the basis of a specific technical report containing the description of the necessary expenses, within the maximum limit of 20,000 euros. The allocations to cover these sums will have to be identified with a new specific resolution of the Council of Ministers while the delegated Commissioner will recognize the contributions to the beneficiaries according to priority criteria and implementation methods established with his own provisions, sending the lists for acknowledgment to the Department of Civil Protection. As regards the structural works – concludes Melasecche – necessary to repair the complex of damages and avoid major future hydrogeological instability, a detailed technical report is currently being prepared to put the President in a position to consciously exercise the role that has been conferred on her . The machine of the Regional Civil Protection and the Service that takes an interest in the mitigation of the Hydrogeological Risk are always available to the mayors for clarifications and discussions, even in the shortest possible ways”.