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Livorno still reeling after tragic weekend flooding

Volunteers help to clear mud and debris from a building in ArdenzaVolunteers help to clear mud and debris from a building in Ardenza13th September 2017

Last Saturday night the city of Livorno was hit by torrential rain: 400mm of rain fell in just over 4 hours during the worst storm the city has ever seen. That's the equivalent of the last 8 months' worth of rain in one single night.

When the city woke up on Sunday morning the scenes of devastation were unimaginable: whole areas deep in water, homes flooded, roads closed, bridges and walls collapsed, dozens of cars swept away by the flood waters, but far worse than all this was the terribe loss of life. Nine people died in the floods, in tragic circumstances, including three members of the same family whose basement apartment was engulfed by the flood waters on Viale Nazario Sauro, close to the football stadium.

A state of emergency was proclaimed by Livorno's mayor, Filippo Nogarin. Damage within the municipality of Livorno has been estimated at around 3.8 million euros.

While the city centre was relatively untouched by the storm damage, peripheral areas crossed by heavily swollen streams that descend from the surrounding hills have been the worst hit, namely the districts of Montenero, Salviano, Collinaia and Ardenza, as well as Stagno and Quercianella.

Cruise ships in numbers, Livorno 2017


Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, carrying a potential of 4370 passengersRoyal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, carrying a potential of 4370 passengersA look at cruise ship traffic in the port of Livorno in 2017

733,012 potential cruise passengers in port this year

46,831 cruise ship crew and staff members in port this year

Lindsay Kemp in Florence 2017 – from Pitti Uomo to 'The World of Lindsay Kemp' exhibition

Lindsay Kemp at his home in LivornoLindsay Kemp at his home in LivornoAlthough dancer, choreographer and costume and set designer Lindsay Kemp returned to the spotlight in his native UK for a short time last year following the death of David Bowie with whom he had had both a professional and personal relationship, he has never been as well-known or well-loved in his home country as he has been in Italy since the 1970s.

Mural competition winners, Livorno a Fuoco

The winning mural, Trionfo, by Andrea Montagnini and Cosimo GrandoliThe winning mural, Trionfo, by Andrea Montagnini and Cosimo Grandoli27th April 2017

This morning the winners of the Livorno a Fuoco competition were announced. The competition, devised by the Fondazione d'Arte Trossi-Uberti and the Rotary Club Livorno, invited artists from all over Italy to design a mural for a wall space in Viale Nazario Sauro in Livorno.

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