Pilot on Floods in Meisino Park. Turin, Italy


Turin, Italy

Overall Policy Objective:

Improve design of emergency policies related to floods and weather alerts.

The Context.

The Meisino Park, at the confluence of Po and Stura rivers, in the Municipality of Turin (north-eastern outskirts of the city), before the construction of the township around the homonymous road (Strada del Meisino) was an alluvial area which in the course of history had already suffered many times from the flooding of the two rivers. The last one happened at 7:00 PM on October 15th 2000, when 50 cm of water surmounted the embankment, involving a cemetery, a clubhouse, a military gallop and some craft activities. In the area there are currently, in addition to many private homes, also a church, several buildings used for religious purposes (e.g. spiritual retreats), sports centres and various business activities. Following weeks of heavy rain, the level of th Po river rises in the area of the pilot site, while the collectors of water from the hilly part of the city are not able to discharge it correctly, leading to the flooding of fields all around. Meanwhile, the water cannot be discharged as there is abundance of it also in the local sewers. Currently there is only a minimal warning buffer for an eventual evacuation, thanks to the monitoring by the Civil Protection Department of the Municipality, by the NGOs volunteers and the emergency bulletins published by the Regional Environmental Agency (ARPA Piemonte).

Pilot Description:

Through DECIDO project, Vol.to and the Municipality of Turin aim at improving the civil protection policies regarding the management, preparedness and response to flood events. It will be possible to take advantage of big data , as for example satellite data or hydro-meteorological models (e.g. data and services from the European and Global Flood system5) and data from the Regional Environmental Agency as well as data collected by citizens and volunteers, and AI to perform flood forecasts, have a clear and real time picture of the situation and store in the cloud data for further analysis and debriefing activities. The data collected during the flood event is analysed (evidence) to update policies and improve process effectiveness. In this way policies are continuously updated thanks to the clear picture and the straight procedure provided by DECIDO portal. For example, thanks to DECIDO, flood pumps and canal jets are installed in specific areas, before possible floods, highly reducing response time to flooding events.

Co-creation and engagement:

Co-creation activities will involve mainly residents, Civil Protection personnel, Emergency Volunteer Corps and local NGOs (e.g. Burkinabè, G.V.V. Gruppo di Volontariato Vincenziano Madonna del Rosario Sassi, Presenza Solidale, Centro Media Protezione Civile, Volontarinrete, Triciclo associations) and businesses as for example those taking care of moving animals from the risk area after the reception of an advanced flood warnings. Residents and businesses will be able to actively take part during the emergency response, by describing what is happening near their premises and by indicating how they can concretely help. The local NGOs will have the task of sensitizing and increasing the awareness of the business activities in the area: the representatives of these activities will be suitably trained on the flood risk as well as on the methods and platforms to be used to communicate their real time data and to request and/or offer help.

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