Italian contractor Salini Impregilo has volunteered for a project to create new safety measures for the Bisagno River in Genoa, Italy, and will be working free of charge.

The Salini Impregilo Group said it wanted to show its support and sympathy for the city of Genoa by offering its expertise to help develop the executive design for the flood defences for the Bisagno River.

Heavy rain meant that Genoa was hit by severe flooding this month, three years after the last major floods, provoking local outrage at the lack of protection for the mediaeval city.

CEO Pietro Salini said, “We are a global group, but our Italian roots compel us to provide concrete support to the population of Genoa at this difficult time.

“By offering our know-how and expertise to the design of the Bisagno River flood defences, we will help reduce the overall costs of the project. We also hope that this will help speed up the work that needs to be done.”

He said, “We believe that, as a leader in the industry in Italy, we need to work together with our country when there are extreme circumstances, such as the one Genoa and its residents are experiencing right now.

“It is important that a group like ours, which believes in this country and its ability to bounce back, demonstrates its active support in restoring the local environment and providing further defences, in order to prevent tragedies like the recent one in Genoa and other parts of our country from happening again in the future.”

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