Floods cause havoc in Rome

Traffic diversions and school closures in the capital

Schools in Ostia and along coastal areas of Rome are closed on Monday 3 February, following days of heavy rain and extreme flooding.

The north of Rome is also badly affected by floods and landslides, with a number of traffic diversions in place along Via Cassia and Via Flaminia, while the army has been deployed in the Isola Sacra district of Fiumicino.

The prefect of Rome Giuseppe Pecoraro has advised motorists to travel only if strictly necessary into the city, while civil protection authorities have requested car owners not to park over water drains in case of the need for emergency interventions.

Before setting off, motorists can consult the Luce Verde website which pinpoints all current viability problems in the capital.

The extremely high level of the river Tiber remains a cause for concern, particularly north of the city at Prima Porta, Castelnuovo and Capena, as well to the south in Acilia, Casalpalocco and Fiumicino.

Ponte Marconi, Ponte Milvio and Tiber Island all remain under special surveillance.

For full updates see Rome's civil protection website.

Photos Corriere della Sera