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Swept Away: Memories of the 1966 Florence Flood

Swept Away: Memories of the 1966 Florence Flood
91 Charles Street West, Victoria College, Senior Common Room
Time: Nov 16th, 5:00 pm End: Nov 16th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Italian Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 1950-2000
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The Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium and the Department of History at the University of Toronto present

Swept Away: Memories of the 1966 Florence Flood
A conversation with two eye-witnesses, Olga Zorzi Pugliese and Ann Gordon Lind

 

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In the wake of torrential rains that had swelled not only the Arno, but all rivers in Tuscany, in the early hours of Friday, 4 November 1966, engineers in charge of the Valdarno dam upriver from Florence, fearing that the dam would burst, discharged a mass of water that eventually reached the out- skirts of Florence at a rate of 60 kilometres per hour. When the waters reached the Ponte Vecchio, they started to back up and rise catastrophically, quickly spilling over the river’s high banks and flooding the entire historic centre of Florence. Muddy water, contaminated with car fuel and other noxious matters, swept through churches, museums, and libraries, destroying countless treasures and triggering an international rescue campaign, much of it carried out by hundreds of young people, soon named “the Mud Angels” (gli Angeli del fango). On this fiftieth anniversary of the flood, come and join with us to hear about the devastating event from two people who were there and saw it first-hand.

This event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium at 416-585-4486

Website: http://www.itergateway.org.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/trrc/

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