Venice floods cause mayor to declare a state of emergency

Venice floods cause mayor to declare a state of emergency

Venice floods cause mayor to declare a state of emergency

The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years will leave "a permanent mark", Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted.

The mayor called for a state of emergency as St. Mark's Square, which sits at one of the lowest points in the city, turned into a 5-foot-deep swimming pool.

Saint Mark's Square was submerged by more than one metre (3.3 ft) of water, while the adjacent Saint Mark's Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years. "Because the population drain also is a result of this".

While the worst of the flooding may have passed by Wednesday, Venice's weather forecast office says the tide will stay at "very high" levels for the coming days. These are the effects of climate change.

A flooded embankment by the Hotel Rialto and taxi boats on the Grand Canal channel after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on 13 November, 2019 in Venice.

He attended a press conference in Marghera this morning with the mayor of Venice and Angelo Borelli, the head of Civil Protection, to request more aid for Venice.

Pellestrina was one of the worst hit areas. "The artificial island has completely changed the lagoon and caused the speed of the sea water entering to accelerate. For the record: we are open, and we are waiting for you despite the adverse conditions".

Tourists and Venetians alike donned high boots and took to strategically placed raised walkways on Tuesday to slosh through the high water that has hit much of the lagoon city.

The Mayor also pledged that the long-delayed MOSE project, created to protect Venice and the Venetian Lagoon from tides of up to three meters, will be completed.

That puts Venice - which is already sinking at a rate of a few millimeters per year - at risk of more annual damage like this.

The attractive floating city of Venice in Italy floods yearly in an event called the "Acqua Alta" or high waters.

Since 2003, a massive infrastructure project has been underway to protect Venice, but it has been plagued by cost overruns, scandals and delays.

Luca Zaia, governor of the Veneto region, told SkyTG24 that the barriers were nearly complete, but it wasn't clear if they would work against such flooding.

A person pushed a cart as water began to flood St. Mark's Square during high tide Tuesday.

Across the Adriatic Sea, heavy storm and sweeping winds also caused floods in towns in Croatia and Slovenia. The highest tide in 50 years brought seawater that is threatening monuments and works of art in the historic city.

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