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1000 people evacuated in town near Pisa due to swollen river

Rains cause stream to flood another town

31 January, 17:29
1000 people evacuated in town near Pisa due to swollen river (ANSA) - Pisa, January 31 - Roughly 1000 people were evacuated from structurally endangered buildings in an Italian town between Pisa and Florence, as rains continued to swell rivers and streams, the Italian Civil Protection said Friday. Erosion imperiled the buildings along the Arno river in the town of San Miniato, as the river had consumed the foot of its embankment, the Civil Protection said.

Meanwhile Pisa Prefect Francesco Tagliente warned that flooding in nearby Ponsacco "is objectively very serious" after a surveillance trip of the area in a helicopter.

The official said the Era stream had eroded about a 20 metre stretch of embankment.

"The water is constantly leaving its riverbed, flooding the town centre," Tagliente said.

"Fire fighters are working with amphibious vehicles," Tagliente added.

Dozens of families in the area have been forced from their homes.

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