An account by Enzo Terzi (I)
"I was 14 years old at the time and studying at the lower middle school. I had to go at once and help my grandmother who lived in a ground floor flat with a garden in the Gavinana area. The floodwaters had reached the height of three metres where she lived and everything had been completely destroyed.
Immediately afterwards I went to the National Library to shovel away the mud and I remained there for a week. It was extremely hard work; I used the spade and the boy who was working with me had to collect it up in a bucket and throw it away. When I got married I discovered that my wife Gabriella, who was 17 years old at the time, had also worked at the National Library.
There was naturally a food shortage and lack of many basic necessities in such a terrible moment and therefore an uncle of mine, who lived in Siena, decided to buy, at his own expense, a load of bread which he took to Florence in a huge truck and then distributed it to the population".