Rivers on the rise in rainy Italy

Feb. 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

ROME, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Rescue crews were on alert across Italy Saturday in anticipation of further flooding in rain-swollen rivers, authorities said.

Heavy rain was in the forecast for central and northern Italy Saturday, and officials were closely watching the rising Tiber and Arno Rivers, euronews said.

About 1,000 people living along the Arno in Pisa province were evacuated from their homes this week, and the rain caused the collapse of a section of a medieval stone wall in the provincial town of Volterra, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Some people in the Rome area had to be rescued from rooftops. Euronews said those rescued included a number of immigrants living in makeshift huts.

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