East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


Still High & Dry (thanks goodness)

The emergency is now under control.
The Belbo river remained in its argins this time, and it’s not raining anymore.
And we have enough supplies to last a week without going to the supermarket (that’s five miles away).
The weather did hit hard both north and south of where we live – there were no victims, but lots of damage. People were evacuated from towns, areas were flooded, and in the very center of Turin we lost two river boats that used to do the tourist run in summer.

As a side note, the line of submerged lamp-posts at round minute 2:10 in the video is a place where I used to go walking with my girlfriend at the time of university.

Anyway, situation almost back to normal, there’s a lot of work to be done because in the past two days we had other things keeping us busy (like, taking books and electronics upstairs just in case – and today back to the ground floor again).


Waiting for the river

It’s a bad moment for being stranded in Astigianistan, along the course of the Belbo river.
The recent rains are wreaking havoc with the Piedmontese river system1.


Vast areas are already under water, and the Belbo, roughly 100 yards from where we live, has a long history of disasters and floods.
Our house went under in 1948, when the water here in Castelnuovo Belbo reached almost six feet in depth on the town hall square (which is fifteen feet higher than this house) and again in 1968. In 1994 the water stopped something like 20 yards from our front gate.


What can we do?
We wait, and first thing tomorrow we make certain that the house insurance is still alive. Then we start moving all the stuff upstairs.

I’ll keep you posted.

  1. this, despite the many opinionated f*cks that keep saying there is no ongoing climate change because they have air conditioning.