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    Disaster in Italy


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Cheryl Ferguson, of Urbino, Italy, shared these pictures to show the world that there is more to Italy than Rome. 'Yes, it snowed in Rome and they are not used to it. But, we are entombed in snow and in a state of emergency,' she says. Ferguson and her boyfriend were trapped in their house and could not get out until they called a private plower, but nevertheless considers herself fortunate. 'We are lucky to still have electricity, water, gas, etc. even though the lights have gone out and come back at least 20 times since the 31st of January,' she says. The consistent snowfall has resulted in a height of 1.5 meters of snow - shoulder level for 5-foot-7-inch Ferguson. 'I heard this afternoon that they are calling for at least another three days of snow, with some very heavy snow tomorrow,' she says.
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    It has been snowing here in Urbino, Italy (Marche) since the afternoon of January 31st. Actually it is now the evening the the 5th of February and it is still snowing. We haven't been able to get out by car since the town hadn't plowed the roads. We finally had a friend of my boyfriend's come and we paid him to plow us out. But, here it is a disaster. Members of the civil protection (type of national guard) have arrived in the city center. Someone did post on FB that it is the worst snow storm since 1953.

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