Italian storm prompts flooding concerns

Dec. 15, 2008 at 12:34 PM
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ROME, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Civil protection officials in Italy say they are concerned a major storm in the region Monday could prompt dangerous flooding.

The Italian news agency ANSA said as the third major pre-winter storm ravaged parts of Italy Monday, concern over increased flooding along the Aniene River increased.

The Aniene temporarily overflowed during earlier inclement weather, leaving several of Rome's streets flooded.

The river's level dropped during the weekend but the renewed storm had that level rising steadily Monday.

Meanwhile, river debris trapped three barges in Rome, leading to the use of explosives to free them. Similar debris has been blamed for problems at Tiber delta boatyards and marinas, ANSA reported.

The news agency said the ongoing poor weather in Italy has also been blamed for railway service delays to the city of Turin, along with landslide and avalanche warnings in northern Italy.

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