Published: Wed, November 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Two reported dead as Venice flooded by highest tide in 50 years

Two reported dead as Venice flooded by highest tide in 50 years

"The situation is dramatic", Brugnaro said on Twitter. "We ask the government to help us".

Flooding in the canal city of Venice has reached the second-highest level ever, after infamous 1966 floods.

"Venice is a very lovely city, and it becomes a very special place when the water level is high", a Venetian resident told the European outlet.

St Mark's Basilica, which has seen music performances from the likes of great Baroque composers Vivaldi, Monteverdi and Gabrieli, has been flooded following high tides which have impacted the entire city of Venice.

Tourists needed some pretty high boots on Tuesday in Venice as water levels rose flooding central St. Mark's Square, but locals say it's a headache above all else. "St. Mark's Basilica has sustained serious damage like the entire city and its islands".

A general view shows a man crossing the flooded St. Mark's Square after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. "These are the effects of climate change. the costs will be high". "This is the result of climate change".

Called Moses, the moveable under-sea barriers are meant to limit flooding of the city, caused by southerly winds that push the tide into Venice, but the controversial project is opposed by environmentalists concerned about damaging the delicate lagoon eco-system, and it has been delayed by cost overruns and corruption scandals, with no completion date in sight.

Temperatures may fall to -2C this week
Conditions are expected to be brighter in the south and west though with sunny spells and scattered showers of rain or hail. Monday night will see temps drop to a low of 2C but it will remain a cold and dry night with just the odd isolated shower.

On Tuesday, the Tide Forecasting and Reporting Center of Civil Protection said that 45% of the city was flooded. The Basilica of San Marco has suffered serious damage as the entire city and the islands.

Meanwhile, the nearby St. Mark's Basilica was also flooded for only the sixth time in 1,200 years.

The overnight surge triggered several fires, including one at the International Gallery of Modern Art Ca' Pesaro, with hundreds of calls to the fire brigade.

"Everyone has been mobilised to cope with the emergency", Venice's mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. Other footage showed large waves hammering boats moored alongside the Doge's Palace and surging over the stone sidewalks.

Italy was hit by heavy rainfall on Tuesday with further bad weather expected in the coming days.

In Matera, this year's European Capital of Culture, rain water cascaded through the streets and inundated the city's famous cave-dwelling district.

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