Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fresh floods in Venice - English

Fresh floods in Venice - English

A paper boat floats in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice, Italy, on November 15, 2019.

But it was still enough to leave 70% of the city under water, fraying the nerves of locals who faced yet another large-scale clean-up operation.

University students in Venice rushed to libraries and other institutions filled with books and manuscripts to help shift the material to higher stories.

The Italian government issued an global appeal for donations to help fix damage to the centuries-old city's rich cultural heritage after Tuesday's floods, which were the worst in decades.

Forecasters warned that the danger for more wind-propelled high tides remained through the weekend.

Pictures earlier in the week showed people wading through metres-high water in the backstreets and infront of famous backdrops such as Saint Mark's basilica.

The cost of the damage, which did not spare St Mark's Basilica, is estimated to run into hundreds of millions of euros and it prompted the central government to declare the city in a state of emergency on Thursday The water level had dropped down significantly but it went back up to 154cm on Friday morning before slowing receding.

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"While the water is still there, it's hard to know what the (full) damage is", Franceschini said.

According to a video released by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, it could cost up to €1 billion to fix the damage to the city. In normal conditions, tides of 80cm to 90cm are generally seen as high but manageable.

A tourist walks amid high water in Venice, Italy.

The city has been brought to its knees after suffering its second-worst floods on record this week, with the high-water mark reaching 187cm on Tuesday.

A flood barrier created to protect Venice from high tides is not expected to start working until the end of 2021, with the project plagued by the sort of problems that have come to characterise major Italian infrastructure programmes - corruption, cost overruns and prolonged delays.

But has he considered giving up and moving out?

Bar owner Begnamino Dal Mas said living with the threat of floods, or "high water" as the Italians call it, is a part of Venetian life. "But when it is too high, it starts to be quite hard", he said.

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