Florence, November 6, 2023 – Streets, but above all mud AND waste. The president of Tuscany spoke about this. Eugenio Giani and the civil protection councilor Monia Monni at yesterday afternoon’s emergency updates briefing bad weather. and then I refreshments.
“The demand for clarity on the procedures to obtain reimbursement and compensation for the damages suffered is beginning to be strong – says President Giani – Damage that to date I quantify at least five hundred million eurosbetween the public and the private, in an area of Tuscany, such as the one between Florence, Prato and Pistoia, which is among the hardest working, dense in small and medium-sized businesses, with houses that alternate with companies and warehouses “.
For this reason, Giani appeals to banking institutions: “At this time, great tolerance and support is needed.” “We must study – he explains – ways to suspend mortgages: many have asked me. We are also studying a way to stop the concentration of bills: I will ask for a suspension for flood victims. Finally, we are also trying to provide help with microcredits , through small loans, so that a circuit of the reconstruction economy can be launched immediately. Once the emergency is over, now comes the phase that anticipates the restart. “The Region will also do its part: tomorrow we will discuss it in the council,” says the president, who yesterday was in Cerreto, Stabbia, Quarrata and Catena and in the afternoon in Campi Bisenzio.
Tajani in Prato: “Funds for municipalities before the end of the month”
“I am here to express the government’s support.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs said it. Antonio Tajani from Prato. These are some of the planned measures: “100 million non-refundable for companies which have 3% of exports in their turnover, 200 million in subsidized loans in addition to the 100. In addition, a moratorium on Sace loan installments will be decided. “Funds for the affected municipalities – the minister promised – ” They will arrive before the end of the month.”
The situation in flooded areas
The drainage of flooded areas and the cleaning of streets continues. For Fi-Pi-Li, operations are underway to reopen two lanes in each direction during the day on the interport stretch. Monitoring of Prato-Vernio connections to guarantee the flow of replacement buses. During the night, work on the installation of a drinking water replacement system was completed in the area of Santa Lucía, above Prato, with some difficulties in some mountain villages of Quarrata and Cantagallo.
Abi invites banks to immediately suspend mortgages
Abi invites banks to immediately implement the mortgage suspensionas soon as the institutional measures and ordinances are published in the Official Gazette. Civil Protection, through a specific ordinance, will provide all the references for the full application of the mortgage suspension. Precisely to guarantee timely interventions in favor of populations affected by natural disasters, the ABI has signed a specific Memorandum of Understanding with the Civil Protection and consumer associations.
Damage to hundreds of farms
Hundreds of farms in Tuscany have been affected by the wave of bad weather in the countryside: land and nurseries were left under water, stables, barns and greenhouses uncovered, tractors in the mud, fruit trees and olive trees broken, but also rural roads and affected roads. by landslides and landslides. This is what emerges from Coldiretti’s monitoring in Tuscany on the effects of the water disturbance that also flooded warehouses full of seeds and fertilizers and canceled some access roads to the farms. Farmers – Coldiretti emphasizes – are busy throwing mud at companies and saving what can be saved, but what is worrying now is the arrival of the cold that risks damaging flowers and vegetables in greenhouses destroyed by bad weather.
Almost 5,000 interventions by firefighters
Since last November 2, 4,750 firefighters have intervened due to flooding in Tuscany. The units deployed amount to 548,125 vehicles used between Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Livorno and Pisa. Rescue, drainage and assistance operations for the population and the search for missing people continue.
First night of respite from bad weather
This was the first night of respite from the bad weather, but still great work for the men and women of Civil Protection. The situation, in many areas of Tuscany, remains very critical. Especially in Campi Bisenzio, but also in the province of Prato and Pistoia, where there are still entire areas submerged in water and mud and where many inhabitants are still forced to sleep outside their homes. Another big problem that has not yet been completely resolved is electricity, which is still lacking in many areas. Meanwhile, from Prato to Montemurlo, from Campi Bisenzio to Poggio to Caiano, schools remain closed today in many of the municipalities most affected by the bad weather.
The shame of the jackals
In many flooded areas, particularly in Campi Bisenzio, various incidents of looting were recorded. Thieves take advantage of the catastrophic tragedy to steal from cars and houses. The law enforcement forces work, but the anger and indignation of the citizens is great.
Tajani in Prato
The Vice President of the Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, will meet this morning at 10:30 a.m. with regional authorities, mayors and representatives of the business world in the municipality of Prato.
“There are those who asked for 10,000 euros to clean the warehouses”
“We must stop – warns regional councilor Monia Monni – the speculations that are already underway. There are purgers who have asked for up to 10,000 euros to free the basements of the house. It is intolerable.”
Vaiano, the heart of the volunteers
Many volunteers arrived in Vaiano yesterday to shovel alongside the inhabitants of Vaiano. Very young clay angels have put themselves at the service of textile companies, now on their knees. Mayor Bosi, together with local businessmen, launches the call. ”Special and real resources are needed to return to normal, companies must restart quickly. “This is our appeal to the Government that will be in Prato on Monday,” says Bosi.
The electrical situation
As of yesterday afternoon, 57 work plans were underway for the repair of damaged parts of the electrical system and for the installation of generators. Currently, 87 generating sets are already active and others are in the process of transfer and installation.
Campi Bisenzio, thousands of people working
Thousands of people from the Civil Protection system intervene in Campi Bisenzio between the regional mobile column, the national Department of Civil Protection and the other regions of Italy (Calabria, Lazio, Lombardy, Marche, Piedmont, Umbria and Valle d’Aosta). The Tuscany Region makes it known. In a second phase, support is also expected from Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Basilicata and Liguria. The collaboration of Anpas, the Federation of Mercy, the Italian Red Cross, firefighters, managers of essential services, law enforcement forces, the armed forces and the police stand out, a note explains. The work of the Medio Valdarno recovery consortium also continues on the rivers in the areas of the Florence-Prato-Pistoia plain, Val di Sieve, Mugello, Val di Bisenzio and Ombrone Pistoiese, the most affected by the critical problems.
Damage in the Pistoia district
There are hundreds of agricultural companies involved in limiting the consequences of the bad weather that hit the province of Pistoia, in the plain (essentially nurseries); in the hills with microslides that have redesigned the ‘morphology’ of a farmhouse (but there have been real landslides); and in elevated areas, where in the last 24 hours the rainfall has been more copious, with erosion of fields planted with potatoes and alfalfa, but also of plants knocked down by the wind. This was announced by Coldiretti Pistoia, who is working with his technicians to account for the damage, especially to the plants in the nurseries, “which will only be quantifiable in a few weeks.”