Mother Earth gardens are in a precarious position amid Hurricane Florence, but they are in the process of re-opening to help their community cope.
The Italian government has ordered a temporary closure of the gardens on the southern Italian island of Lombardy after a surge of rainfall brought the threat of more heavy downpours.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the country’s emergency services declared a state of emergency in the country, but it has since been extended to the rest of Lombardia.
More than 5,000 people were evacuated from the coastal town of Parma and the neighbouring town of Genoa, according to local media reports.
But the countrys capital Rome has been spared the worst of Florence’s wrath.
Mayor Luciano Giugliano said on Twitter that the city of Rome will be able to reopen on Thursday.
Floods have battered Lombardy, which is home to about 200,000, since Saturday, forcing the closure of nearly a million homes, a loss of up to 30,000 businesses and nearly a third of its population of 1.4 million people.
In addition, the coastal city of Turin, a popular tourist destination, had to be evacuated on Tuesday due to rising seas.
The region has been in the grip of heavy rainfall since Sunday, with some regions recorded up to 10 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.
Florence has since weakened to a tropical storm, which brought heavy rain and flash floods.