Marche flood, alarm throughout Italy: what to do

Marche flood, alarm throughout Italy: what to do
Marche flood, alarm throughout Italy: what to do
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Still storms and storms in Italy, with the bad weather alert that continues throughout the day of 17 September. The disturbance responsible for the terrible flood of the Marche, after having affected western Sicily, it is leaving our country. In the early hours of the day, a new cold perturbation struck Lombardy and the regions of the North East, with severe thunderstorms, and then began to move towards the Center.

Orange alert in 4 regions, yellow in 12

Even in the Marche, temperatures have dropped, and bora winds with gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour are expected. While the search for the missing persons continues and the damage counting begins, the “mud angels”Operate between the provinces of Ancona and Macerata, helping the populations hit by the catastrophe. Here the first toll of the flood, but the death toll continues.

Strong cold currents will also blow in the rest of the Peninsula, thus interrupting the long period of exceptional heat and causing even dangerous weather events. The Civil Protection has issued a notice of orange alert for the day of Saturday 17 September in four regions.

  • Basilicata.
  • Calabria.
  • Campania.
  • Umbria.

In other 12 regions and instead alert yellow for rains, thunderstorms and strong winds. In short, the risk of thunderstorms continues also for this Saturday in mid-September. In the hope that no other floods will occur, however, it is good to keep in mind the indications of the Civil Protection for the areas at risk, which are many more than those included in the weekend weather alert.

Almost one fifth of the national territory – a portion of the Peninsula in which they live approx 2.5 million people – is at high risk. In particular, the provinces of Cosenza, Ferrara, Reggio Calabria, Venice and Bologna are among the areas most at risk of flooding in our country.

What are the places at risk of flooding

The advice is aimed at those who live, work or stay in areas where floods could occur, and are used to better deal with emergency situations. Some small steps could make the difference between life and death in the face of catastrophic weather events, increasingly frequent in our country also due to climate change, as explained here.

First of all, it is necessary to know that if there have been floods in the past, it is likely that others will occur in the future, due to the conformation of the territory. A common practice in Italy – and beyond – has been to build cities on top of riverbeds rivers, whose course was changed by man or varied for other causes. In other cases the streams came tombatithat is, covered by roads and buildings and reduced to underground channels without the possibility of drainage.

With rainfall exceptional, the water returns to travel the streets of the past or significantly increases the volume of underground basins, exploding in houses and streets and dragging everything and people along its path with it. By causing infrastructure such as bridges and embankments to collapse or collapse suddenly. In the event of a flood, the water can rise two meters in a few minutes, and for this reason it is always good to be prepared for the worst.

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How to prevent the dangers of a flood

There are measures of prevention that even the citizen can adopt.

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  • Report the presence of bulky abandoned waste, clogged manholes and blocked waterways to your local Municipality.
  • Check the weather warnings on the website of the Civil Protection and of the Region and ask the Municipality for information about the alluvial areas, escape routes and safe areas of your city. The citizen can report to the competent authority the possible absence of a specific plan or its failure to communicate to the working and school environments.
  • Never store valuables in the basement floors or in the cellar, which are the parts of the houses most at risk in the event of flooding and flooding of rivers.
  • It is better to always have a copy of all documents at home, a first aid box and medicines, an electric history, a battery-powered radio. All family members should know the location of these elements.

What to do before a flood and during an alert

Before of a flood or a weather warning it would be better to adopt the following behaviors.

  • Keep yourself informed about the dangerous situations foreseen in your territory and about the measures adopted by the Municipality.
  • Never sleep in the basement floors. It is also better to avoid staying there during heavy rains and weather warnings.
  • Protect premises located at street level and close cellar and garage doors. These operations must be done without exposing yourself to danger. If the phenomenon has already begun, it is better to keep away from the basement floors, as already mentioned.
  • Move only if absolutely necessary and only after evaluating a route.
  • Carefully consider whether to secure your car and other belongings, as there may be dangers in this case as well.
  • Alert friends, acquaintances and relatives when you become aware of an alert.

What to do during a flood if you are indoors

During a flood, if you are in a place Closed it is good to follow these tips.

  • Avoid going into cellars, basements or garages.
  • Avoid leaving the house to secure your car.
  • Go up to the upper floors.
  • Avoid using the elevator.
  • Helping the elderly and people with disabilities inside the building.
  • Turn off the gas and turn off the electrical system, avoiding touching sockets and appliances with wet hands and feet.
  • Avoid drinking tap water, as it may be contaminated.
  • Restrict phone use to keep lines free for first responders and those in real need.
  • Collaborate with the local authorities and follow the indications of local authorities and Civil Protection.

What to do during a flood if you are outdoors

If you are in a place openinstead, it is better to behave as follows.

  • Move away from the flooded area. Even a few inches of water are capable of dropping or dragging a person.
  • Reach an elevated area quickly, avoiding heading for slopes or escarpments that could collapse.
  • Beware of holes, chasms and open manholes.
  • Avoid using the car. The risk is to get trapped inside the vehicle.
  • Avoid staying near underpasses, embankments and bridges.
  • Also in this it is good to limit the use of the telephone and follow the directions from above.

What not to do after a flood

The Civil Protection also explains what to do after a flood.

  • First you need to make sure you can go home, be able to shovel the mud or empty the water from the cellars, and wait for the green light from the local authorities and the Civil Protection.
  • Before reactivating the gas and electricity systems, it is advisable to seek the advice of a technician. Also for plumbing and drainage systems it is good to inquire about the conditions of sewer networks, septic tanks and wells.
  • Avoid passing through flooded streets, where there may be chasms, open manholes or electric cables. The water could also be polluted with fuels or other substances.
  • Attention also to the areas where the water has withdrawn. The road surface could give way.
  • Better to avoid eating foods that have come into contact with flood water or tap water. The risk of contamination can also be very high.

Not everyone knows that disasters do not only affect the affected population, but also the community. In fact, public funds are used for the reconstruction. For example we are still paying theFlorence flood of 1966 through excise duties on petrol: here the complete list.


The article is in Italian

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