“Worse than the flood eight years ago”

“Worse than the flood eight years ago”
“Worse than the flood eight years ago”
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SENIGALLIA – Eight years after the déjà-vu of the hell of water and mud, he has the tremulous voice of an old man who looks out of the window on the flooded street and asks for help because he doesn’t know how to get out of the house that has become prison, he has the fiery gaze of the merchants who push out mud and despair from the premises devastated by the slaps of the flooded river, draws the post-war scenario of the goods piled up next to the shops in the hope of saving something. But there is no salvation here. The I think so it is a photocopy sentence, this time the flood hit the heart Senigallia: course 2 June, Portici Ercolani, Foro Annonario. The devastated center.

The red alert

The sentence arrives on Thursday evening just before 11pm. It doesn’t seem like a rain worse than others, there was a yellow alert like so many of the hot summer. And instead, other than mild up there: it is the apocalypse. Ghosts populate the Facebook profile of the Municipality at 11 pm on the wings of a message that bounces on social media: “The water has exceeded the level of Ponte Garibaldi and Ponte degli Angeli”. It is the red alert that plunges Senigallia back into the nightmare of 2014. A crescendo of recommendations and anxiety. Shortly before midnight the flood wave reaches its maximum point. And it breaks the banks. Ponte Garibaldi is battered and on the contrary slows down the impetuous flow of the Misa. The new Ponte Angeli, dedicated to the victims of the Blue Lantern, is also a stopper. Debris and vegetation do the rest: down the balustrades, the city is flooded. The rescue machine clicks, the municipal operations center coordinates the interventions. Borgo Bicchia and Borgo Molino relive the drama of the part-one flood. From via Verdi and Stradone Misa there are requests for help, cars are dragged away by streams of mud, those who live on the ground floor find refuge on the tables because the river breaks through, breaks down the doors, like a cursed tsunami. An unfortunate night, another.
Many are saved with the rafting boats of the firefighters. There is no escape for Gino Petrolati, 89, who was trapped in his car turned into a grave. It is from Bettolelle – a hamlet a few kilometers away – the only victim so far ascertained in Senigallia (the total and partial toll of the storm is 9 deaths), in 2014 there were 4. But this storm hit the soul of the beach velvet. Corso 2 giugno is an expanse of mud, bars and boutiques are upside down. «I feel alone, such a situation was foreseeable», Francesco Rolieri growls from behind the counter of his Saltatappo under the arcades. The too soft alert, the poor maintenance of the river: accusations are mixed with pain. Anger and despair. And explanations. “Even if we had had a clean riverbed, the situation would have occurred anyway, the quantity of water that arrived and the speed were exceptional”, points out the mayor Massimo Olivetti. A wall of water, an unprecedented violence: 420 millimeters in a few hours, those that normally fall in 6 months. The sun shines damage and suffering. In the middle of the morning in the city the volunteers of the Civil Protection, the staff of the 118 and the Red Cross, the firefighters, police, carabinieri and financial police are all in the field. There are corners out of a science fiction reality. Via XX Settembre runs along the Misa. Francesco Manzù, owner of Maddy Hail Lab, has water up to his waist. “I have been open for a month, the shop is completely flooded, the water has reached 1 meter and 60, my life savings burned”.

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The cry for help

The policemen arrive, faces of hostage residents in the house emerge from the windows. “The manhole is blocked, we can’t get out,” shouts a white-haired man. ” On the other side of the Angeli bridge, in via Dogana Vecchia, submerged cars and a bike flew up a tree. In the sky helicopters fly, on the ground cries of pain and desire for redemption. Paolo Brunelli, the king of ice cream, cannot hold back his tears in front of the destroyed laboratory. First estimate of damages: 130 thousand euros. “After three years of apotheosis, he didn’t want us, but we are strong.” Tears also flow on the face of Bishop Franco Manenti. “There is great pain but everyone is taking action, Civil Protection and Caritas, it is an element of consolation,” he said in the seminary, in the midst of the 90 internally displaced people, destined to become more. The hospital welcomed 31 people in a state of shock and hypothermia, rescued from homes invaded by water. They too thank the mud angels.

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The article is in Italian

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