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Italy: Severe floods in Pisa and Florence

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By Ioannis-Alexandros Ioannidis
Italy: Severe floods in Pisa and Florence

<p>Serious flooding around the Arno River has swamped the Italian cities of Pisa and Florence in Friday.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Volterra&src=hash">#Volterra</a> crolla 30 metri di mura etrusche crollate e 15 famiglia sfollate <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23sapevatelo&src=hash">#sapevatelo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23beniculturali&src=hash">#beniculturali</a> <a href="http://t.co/HTeqmZvsN6">pic.twitter.com/HTeqmZvsN6</a></p>— Stefano Muratori (@il_Mura) <a href="https://twitter.com/il_Mura/statuses/429185005064310784">January 31, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>According to officials in Pisa, the river has reached levels unseen over the last 20 years.</p> <p>As a result, a team of emergency workers are erecting barriers and reinforcing banks to try to channel water into the sea.</p> <p><iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="no" name="embed" src="http://www.youreporter.it/embed/496a4bdf43a5131edeec89916cd51b9f&autoplay=1" border="0" style="width:600px; height:337px;"></iframe></p> <p>For safety reasons, officials decided to block off streets leading to the city centre.</p> <p>Meanwhile, waters rising at a dangerous rate flooded small towns around Florence and schools remained closed as a precaution.</p> <p><iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="no" name="embed" src="http://www.youreporter.it/embed/4f54825835f71ffe738327eed2a7a2d6&autoplay=1" border="0" style="width:600px; height:337px;"></iframe></p> <p>Heavy rain lashed Italy’s capital Rome. </p> <p>There were significant traffic problems caused by fallen branches, while in the north part of the city a subway station was closed because of flooding. </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/75bh3Z8H5rE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>