Milan launches emergency weather plan

€110m project to halt flooding

Milan city hall has announced the approval of a €110-million plan to combat the flooding which has brought injuries and damage to the areas along the course of the Seveso river over the past days.

The heavy rains which have hit many areas of Italy, including Lombardy, this autumn have amounted to a full-scale emergency, the city administration says. Last Saturday alone, the 126 mm of rainfall was more than twice the 50 mm level recorded during the devastating flood of 8 July. This has caused the Seveso and Lambro rivers to burst their banks twice, causing untold damage to residents and the territory.

A note published by Palazzo Marino this week told how the city had immediately mobilised help. Involved in the operation were 489 local police officers, 108 from civil defence, 4 trucks distributing sandbags, 6 emergency lighting towers, 457 workers from AMSA environmental agency with 240 trucks, 49 mobile pumps, 140 electricity technicians with 50 vehicles to reconnect the 4,800 households cut off, 17 men with 5 trucks from the city metro lines clearing blocked drains, 100 stability checks on private buildings and a total of some 400 residents brought to safety.

To prevent further disasters, an emergency plan has been approved, financed by the city to the tune of €20m, the Lombardy region (€10m) and central government in Rome (€80m).

In case of more flooding, city administators advise residents to call the 24/7 local police hotline on 02 0208 to report problems or ask for help.

Updated information will be available on Twitter acounts @comuneMi, @atm_informa for city transport developments, @amsa_spa for street cleaning and rubbish removal, and @gruppo_a2a for electricity and gas supplies. Full details of the new emergency plan (in Italian) are available on this page of the city hall website.

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