Two Dead as Venice Floods Submerge 70% of the Lagoon City

By Jesse Sokolow on 15 November 2019
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The highest water levels in more than 50 years have resulted in the death of two people and caused hundreds of millions of euros of damage in Venice, officials said. Another surge is expected to cause additional flooding in this lagoon city.

On Friday, the tide peaked at 5’ (152 cm) at 11:35 a.m. local time, leaving 70% of the city submerged.

Heavy rain on Tuesday caused flood levels in the island city to reach the second highest level since recording began in 1923, 74” (1.87 m), and a second deluge hit the city Wednesday, further exacerbating the situation.

Declaring that the record flooding was the result of “climate change,” the city’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, declared a state of emergency on Wednesday and put the damage at millions of euros.

Flood waters reached 85% of the city, officials said, including the historic St. Mark’s basilica, where murky brown water was almost waist high.

 

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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