The Bagnolo torrent broke its embankment and overflowed this afternoon on the western outskirts of Prato, in the Sant’Ippolito area. Evacuations of area residents living on the lower floors of houses are being carried out and they are being contacted one by one. The president of the Tuscany Region, Eugenio Giani, communicated this through social networks, inviting people to avoid traveling by car or on foot. According to the first information, the embankment had just been rebuilt but had not been consolidated and the flood tore it down, flooding the surrounding area.
The office of president of Tuscany
The City Council is currently contacting 162 residents, particularly near the flooded Bagnolo and at risk of flooding, to leave the ground floors and get to safety. Those who cannot retreat to an upper floor will have to leave the area and will be accommodated in the Datini gym in Prato. “The intensity of the rains in the Prato area has once again caused water to overflow the dam in a section of the Bagnolo stream – writes President Eugenio Giani – It is therefore necessary to take precautionary measures in the area and avoid traveling by car, especially less on foot. Go to the upper floors.” Furthermore, as we know in Prato, the Bardena stream, which is located 5 km from Bagnolo, on the northern side of the city, also overflowed the river bed and overflowed the banks of Figline di Prato.
“The storm line has moved between Florence and Arezzo, but they are not expected in the next few hours
significant accumulated amounts,” writes the president of the Tuscany region on his social profiles after the disturbance caused by the overflowing of the Bagnolo stream in Prato It appears to have moved southeast.
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The mayor of Prato Matteo Biffoni
“Due to the failure of the Bagnolo River dam, as a precaution we are inviting citizens of the affected area to go up to the upper floors. Those who do not have this possibility will be evacuated. Civil Protection is assisting the population.” He writes it tonight. mayor of Prato Matteo Biffoni on Facebook about the new flooding tonight in Bagnolo and about the civil protection measures implemented. A disturbance with storms affected the Pistoia-Mugello line this afternoon, fully affecting the Prato area.
“For now the situation has been resolved, because it has stopped raining and the disturbance has resumed its original route towards the Arezzo area. However, the rain has already subsided, so there should be no more problems in the other territories of Tuscany”: in statements to AGI, it is the mayor of Prato, Matteo Biffoni, who follows the evolution of the flooding of the torrent from the Civil Protection operations room.
“It rains when it is wet, it would be appropriate to say it. The Bagnolo had already put Prato in difficulties last week and the dikes had been temporarily rebuilt. – he explains – Last night, when it had already started to rain, we stayed until 2 in the morning with the Civil Engineers to supervise the work”.
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The civil protection of the municipality of Prato writes on the institutional website that “there are damaged embankments and/or flooding in Bagnolo and Bardena.” “The Bagnolo overflowed in the Sant’Ippolito area. When it overflowed it damaged the embankment although it did not break it,” specifies the municipality, which confirms in situ the evacuations of inhabitants in the most critical points of the western area of the city. On the other hand, according to municipal Civil Protection, “the water that came out of Bardena during the storm flowed into a green area without affecting homes.” The most fragile areas around the Bagnolo stream are considered the neighborhoods of Casale, Sant’Ippolito itself and Mazzone and it was recommended to go up to the upper floors as a precaution. Some underpasses and roads in the city are closed: the Pratilia underpass, Viale dell’Unione Europa, Via Visiana, Via Traversa per Mazzone.
Bad weather in Tuscany, flying over flooded areas