Floods sweep Venice

Floods sweep Venice

The waters have only topped 150 centimetres five times before in recorded history; current levels are 156cm

People walk in a flooded Saint Mark Square throughout a amount of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, October 29, 2018.



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Venice: Rain-soaked tourists in Venice were barred from an inundated St. Mark’s Square on Monday, as fierce winds and rains lashing a lot of the national country drenched the floating city, an AFP photographer reported.

As local authorities said the “acqua alta” (high water) peaked at 156 centimetres (61 inches) by early afternoon, the elevated wooden platforms usually positioned on main passageways in the Renaissance city weren’t enough to make sure safe passage in the low-lying square.

Families carried children on the shoulders through the encompassing streets. Although some tourists donned thigh-high wellies, others had opted to remove their shoes and wade through the water.

The waters have only topped 150 centimetres five times before in recorded history. In 1966, when floods swept through the national country, famously devastating Florence’s historic centre, the waters reached 194 centimetres in Venice.

 

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