It was 1960, we are in Rovaiolo Vecchio, a small villageshielded 500 metres high, on the Appennino Pavese on the borderwith Emilia Romagna.
All of a sudden, the Prefecture, afterhavingregistered some suspiciousmovements in the mountains, gave the evictionorder.
The paesants, about 100 people who have been living in that borough for severalgenerations, in afew hours had to leaveeveruthingwhere it was: theirhouse, the stalls, the furniture and whicheverutensil that theywereused to use in theireveryday life.
The same inhabitantswereencouraged and incentivizedbynotable public aid, becausetheyhad to movequickly to the otherbank of the riverAvagnone, one of the tributaries of Trebbia river, in Rovaiolo Nuovo.
Gli stessi abitanti non si fecero di certo pregare e vennero anche incentivati da cospicui aiuti pubblici per trasferirsi in tutta fretta sull’altra sponda del fiume Avagnone, uno degli affluenti del fiume Trebbia, a Rovaiolo Nuovo.
Ironically, in the place that had to be their new safehaven, occurred the fearedlandslide. Luckily, it didn’t cause damage, butall the people that hadfinallyfound a safeplace to stay, couldn’t go back to Rovaiolo Vecchio anymore.