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Floodwaters rise in Venice

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/14/19, 11:52 am

Italian authorities prepared to declare a state of emergency in Venice on Thursday. The highest tide in 50 years on Tuesday made floodwaters in the lagoon city surge to 6 feet above sea level, the second-highest point ever recorded in the city.

What’s the extent of the damage? At least two people have died. More than 3 feet of water covered the popular St. Mark’s Square, flooding the adjoining basilica for the sixth time in 1,200 years. Venice Archbishop Francesco Moraglia said the water was causing “irreparable damage” to St. Mark’s Basilica. The popular Gritti Palace also was flooded. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro estimated recovery and repairs would cost hundreds of millions of euros.

Dig deeper: Watch The Guardian’s video of the rising floodwaters throughout the city.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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    Posted: Thu, 11/14/2019 08:10 pm

    Has anyone considered that it isn't the rise of flood waters but the sinking of the land? Just wondering.

    Posted: Fri, 11/15/2019 03:25 pm

    I think about that happening in Florida. They have built high rises on East Coast land that is based on what. They have dredged up and filled in and built homes on the West Coast. They are living on borrowed time. Water is already flooding the streets (global warming say Dems). I say the swamp and hurricanes are taking the land back.