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Italian Grand Prix called off ‘because it is not possible to safely hold the event’ due to life threatening floods

The Grand Prix in Imola has been called off due to life threatening flooding in Italy and Italian officials gain said that around 5,000 people gain been evacuated.

For the first time ever officials in Venice gain activated their mobile sea barrier and in nearby towns and cities in northeast of Italy rivers gain swollen and flooding has burst banks flooding those areas.

Rescue operations are underway and there has been severe weather warnings that more depraved weather could be on the way.

Italy’s Deputy Minister has asked for the Formula 1 race to be postponed this weekend to avoid an overload of traffic in the area.

Matteo Salvini said it was “imperative to concentrate all efforts on coping with the emergency.”

An F1 statement says, “The Formula 1 community wants to send its thoughts to the people and communities affected by the recent events in the Emilia-Romagna region.

“We also want to pay tribute to the work of the emergency services who are doing everything they can to aid those in need.

“Following discussions between Formula 1, the President of the FIA, the competent authorities including the relevant ministers, the President of the Automobile Club of Italy, the President of Emilia-Romagna Region, the Mayor of the City and the promoter the decision has been taken not to proceed with the Grand Prix weekend in Imola.

“The decision has been taken because it is not possible to safely hold the event for our fans, the teams and our personnel and it is the factual and responsible thing to carryout given the situation faced by the towns and cities in the region.

“It would not be factual to place further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time.”