Thursday, the authorities in Ravenna issued an emergency evacuation order for three communities that were endangered by flooding. The decision came after torrential rains across northeastern Italy resulted in the deaths of nine people.
After the river Lamone overflowed its banks, inhabitants of Villanova di Ravenna, Filetto, and Roncalceci were assisted in leaving their homes by buses that were deployed to the area.
As a result of the rainfall that occurred earlier this week in the southeast part of the Emilia Romagna region, over two dozen rivers and streams have flooded, which has caused entire neighborhoods and farms to become inundated.
According to the authority in charge of the region, more than 10,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, and hundreds of landslides have been recorded.
On Wednesday, the rain stopped falling about the middle of the afternoon, and meteorologists said they did not anticipate any substantial rainfall on Thursday.
“But when we have six months of rain in 36 hours, falling where there had already been record rain two weeks ago, there is no territory that can hold out,” Stefano Bonaccini, the president of the Emilia Romagna region, said on the La7 television station late on Wednesday night. “There is no territory that can hold out.”
Two weeks ago, we had damages that were believed to be worth two billion euros… According to Bonaccini, “the ground is no longer able to absorb anything.”
Earlier this month, two individuals passed away in the same location as a result of nearly constant rainfall for forty-eight hours.
The Italian military forces and the coastguard have joined the rescue mission, and they have sent helicopters to rescue inhabitants who are trapped inside their homes and inflatable boats to get to residences that are completely encircled by water on all sides.
When the floodwaters began to ebb in certain regionss, inhabitants were left to clear mud and debris from their houses and the streets. The streets were also littered with debris.
“I’ve lived here since 1979, and I’ve seen floods come and go, but I’ve never seen anything like that,” Edoardo Amadori, a resident of the city of Cesena, said in an interview with AFP on Wednesday. “I’ve seen floods go by, but I’ve never seen anything like that.”
Despite the fact that thousands of farms in the fertile agricultural area were impacted, Agriculture Minister Francesco Lollobrigida stated that the water level would need to decrease before the government could assess the damage.
Because of the floods, the Formula One Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that was supposed to take place on Sunday in Imola had to be canceled. The organizers gave the reason that they could not ensure the safety of the spectators, teams, and employees.