Many of you have asked for more information concerning the floods that hit Liguria last week (thanks again, Andi for yesterday’s note!). Your best bet at the moment is to follow the blogs and blog posts by people on the ground. These include:
Christine is over at lifeinliguria.blogspot.com. She lives in Monterosso, and writes live updates of the developments there.
Nicole writes at culturalcomments.blogspot.com. Particularly inspiring are her stories of the incredible clean up effort in Vernazza, and how the community has worked together to deal with the devastation.
Kate lives in the hills above Monterosso and Levanto, and writes at littleparadiso.com. A Texan by birth, but a Ligurian native at this point, she writes of the impact of the floods on the communities and on daily life. (Also, Kate’s instructions on how to donate to the Italian Red Cross – many of you were not able to make your generous donations – are below.)
We all wish them, their families, and their communities well over the next few days… heavy rains are expected in the area once again unfortunately, for at least the next three days according to weather forecasts. By their accounts, the emergency response effort has done everything possible to prepare for more rain, but for safety reasons can now only wait and monitor what might happen next. In bocca al lupo.
Italian Red Cross Instructions: When you go to the site, make sure that on the drop down menu, you select EMERGENCY TUSCANY AND LIGURIA. If you are donating from a foreign country, leave the ‘state’ field blank — and the ‘nation’ field will be written in Italian. If you are from the US, the nation will be ‘Stati Uniti’. IF you have problems with the zip code fields, try 00000.
Yesterday saw the funeral of Sandro Usai, a Sardinian native who lived in Liguria and was a volunteer with the Protezione Civile (Search and Rescue / National Guard equivalent here in Italy). Usai was instrumental during the emergency efforts and died while getting two US tourists to safety. Our hearts go out to his wife and their son.