It all started last night with a bit of drizzle. The forecast was for heavy rain and I was already dreading having to go out in it when I woke up at 2 a.m. to see bent over trees and raging water. By midday my appointments were cancelled as I started hearing tales of flooding all over the city.
After four years of living in Genova I have grown accustomed to the high winds and wet winters but I have never seen anything like this! Six people have already died and the streets look more like a hurricane has passed through as water levels rose and tossed cars on top of one another or underwater.
We live on the fourth floor but water was gushing through a closed-door in the stairwell on the second! We are now in a state of emergency and I am just grateful that I am safe and dry at Mama’s. They have turned off the gas for the central heaters but at least we still have electricity. Elora is in the dark in another part of Genova and has been for several hours : (