After nearly two months of hard work both day and night, Vernazza has been cleared of mud and debris. The villagers were allowed back for one day of feasting and celebrating (even a wedding was held). But as I have said many times before, there is still so much to be done. The town is still considered unsafe for the locals to return. The hillside must be stabilized, water and sewer re-established and roads repaired. All of this done under the constant pressure of the approach of winter. Storms here are common in the off-season, but with Vernazza vulnerable it is hard to watch the waters of the sea flood into the village. This time the waters came from the opposite direction.
I ask that you keep Vernazza on your Christmas list and donate here. Even the smallest amount will help bring her people another day closer to returning home. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me!
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