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1951. Working in an emergency: flooding in the Ferrara province

02/09/2011 - 07:20 AM

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On February 6 1951, the Reno river flooded over 180 km² after it breached its banks at Gallo, a hamlet near Poggio Renatico (province of Ferrara). Though flooding was not quite as extensive as it would be in the Polesine area in November that year, it was catastrophic nonetheless.
Before mounting a rescue operation for the local population, which it did the following day, the Ferrara Fire Department transported TIMO engineers to Gallo, so that they could shift the telephone exchange from the ground floor to the first floor of the building where it was housed. Once the exchange was back in service, they used it to coordinate the rescue operation, respond to calls for help, and pass on medical advice that may well have saved a considerable number of lives.
This photo shows TIMO engineers at work as they move the Gallo exchange. An article was published about the event in the March 1951 issue of in-house magazine "Selezionando. Stipel Telve Timo".

 

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