Friday, December 16, 2005

475 Families Evacuated

Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy The military housing complex of Marinai at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, was evacuated Thursday morning after days of heavy rain and thunderstorms flooded the area, which sits in a valley. The complex houses about 475 families, all of whom were safely moved to area hotels. Some houses had up to 3 feet of water inside, officials said.

“The only way to get into [Marinai] was in a Humvee with snorkel kits. Other people in the Humvees were wearing wet suits, and they needed them,” Preston said during a telephone interview from Sigonella.

Read the whole story in today's Stars and Stripes.


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