| by Sandro Pintus
Living with floods
An interview with Prof. Baldini
In this interview Prof. Umberto Baldini, who was the Head of the Department of Restoration of the Board of Artistic Assets of Florence in 1966, explains to us what he thinks about the dangers of another flood. Professor Baldini, as you had a personal experience of the flood and were among those who did so much to save the works of art of Florence, how do you think we can defend ourselves from the Arno if it floods? On average we have had a bad flood in Florence once every hundred years, even though a large area of the city was also flooded in the second half of the 19th century. The most serious floods took place in 1333 and the mid 16th century, but the one in 1966 was the worst of all. I think that the Florentines will have to get used to living with floods but people gradually tend to forget about such events. People end up by completely forgetting all about them. The young people of today have no idea about what happened in 1966 whereas it is important to make sure that people remember a fact like this. When Florence was flooded, it was a catastrophe because we were completely unprepared. We had forgotten.
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