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Venice Has That Sinking Feeling

venice-under-waterAs sirens blared throughout the city, the Mayor Massimo Cacciari asked prospective tourists to not visit – and advised those already there not to move around unless it was “unavoidable” because of the “exceptional” situation. “Anyone thinking of coming to Venice should think again,” he said.

As the sea surged into St Mark’s Square, arguably Venice’s most famous landmark, it became completely submerged under eighty centimetres of water. In total, more than 95% of the rest of central Venice was flooded and some pontoon bridges began floating away in the rising tide, leaving residents stranded in their homes.

Driven by strong winds and heavy rain, the water rose to 156cm above sea level – the highest “acqua alta” since 158cm in 1986. Sirens sounded as the Venice tide monitoring centre warned that the water could rise to over 160 centimetres for the first time in thirty years.

The worst floods took place in 1966 when the waters reached a record 194 centimetres above sea level, causing devastation to homes, shops and historic monuments and art works. Flooding of 100-130cm above sea level is common in the lagoon city in autumn and winter.

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December 7, 2008 - Posted by | Did you know?, Go green | , , , , , ,

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