Flooding and impassable roads in northern Italy
Because of heavy rains that have hit the central part of northern Italy, many roads are impassable and closed.
The list of affected areas includes the provinces of Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia and Rimini, where 20 rivers have overflowed. Restrictions for vehicles with a GVW of over 7.5 have been introduced on several road sections, e.g. on the A14 motorway in near San Marino and Rimini. Drivers need to watch out for fallen trees and muddy roads. Lorry drivers are also advised not to drive along flooded road sections, because sanding water seeps into the asphalt and into the foundation, causing the surface to easily crack under the weight of HGVs.
A free interactive map showing the current situation on the roads can be very helpful for haulage companies operating in Italy.