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Arno river in Pisa at highest level in 20 years

Peaks at five meters amid heavy rainfall

11 February, 19:34
Arno river in Pisa at highest level in 20 years (ANSA) - Pisa, February 11 - The Arno river peaked at 4.98 meters Tuesday, its highest level in 20 years, Pisa city authorities said.

Originating in the Apennine mountains, the 241-km Tuscan river flows through the cities of Florence, Empoli and Pisa before joining the Tyrrhenian Sea at Marina di Pisa.

Severe rainfall over the past two weeks has swollen rivers and caused flooding and landslides throughout central and northern Italy.

Water has damaged the wall of a 17th-century fortress in the Friuli town of Palmanova, near the border with Slovenia, and caused roads to collapse in two locations in the Tuscan city of Volterra, officials said Tuesday.

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