TURIN. In Piedmont, the torrential rain that has fallen in the last few hours has triggered the orange alert in some valleys in the Turin area and especially in the Cuneo area, where high schools will remain closed today to avoid the movement of vehicles on the roads. “And we invite all citizens not to travel, except for strictly necessary reasons,” warns Luca Robaldo, the president of the Province of Cuneo. Bad weather also “cut” the stage of the Giro d’Italia which yesterday was supposed to start from Borgofranco d’Ivrea and reach Crans Montana via the Aosta Valley. Instead it was all racing in Switzerland.
Today the Civil Protection will open the room of the Crisis Unit to deal with any emergencies in the area where there could be flooding of secondary streams, landslides and mudslides in hilly areas.
Also yesterday, after the level of the Po rose – remaining below the danger level – the precautionary closure of the “Murazzi” to vehicular and pedestrian traffic was ordered and all activities on the river were suspended, starting with rowing society. Some owners of the premises overlooking the river have sealed the entrances with wooden planks to prevent flooding in the event of a flood. Also because, as Secondo Barbero, the director general of Arpa Piemonte explains, “the rainfall will continue until Sunday morning and for this reason the orange alert could be extended to the lowland areas”. “We are following the situation hour by hour – reures the president of the Region, Alberto Cirio -, at the moment we do not have any particular emergencies”.