Venice Mayor Blames Climate Change As Italian City Inundated By Highest Tide In 50 Years
Added 11-13-19 06:16:03am EST - “Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said he would declare a state of disaster after the city was hit by the devastating high tide, which peaked at over 6 feet on Tuesday.” - Huffpost.com
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Dramatic photos and video captured in Venice this week show rain-booted tourists and residents wading through the flooded streets and alleyways of the Italian city. Some said they’d been forced to essentially swim through the City of Canals after it was inundated by the highest tide Venice has seen in more than 50 years.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who said he would declare a state of disaster over the flooding, blamed climate change for the “devastating” acqua alta, or high waters, which peaked at over 6 feet on Tuesday night.
“The situation is dramatic,” Brugnaro said on Twitter, per a Reuters translation. The exceptionally high tide “is going to leave an indelible wound,” he added.
The Mayor of Venice blames climate change for tonight’s state of emergency flooding event with water just shy of the devastating record-high “aqua alta” of 1966. St Mark’s Basilica is flooded for the second time in 2 years. Before 2018, it happened 4 times in over 900 years. https://t.co/3pOEicxOOY
The city’s famed Saint Mark’s Square was deluged by more than 3 feet of water, and Saint Mark’s Basilica was flooded for only the sixth time in 1,200 years, Reuters reported.
The Mayor of Venice blames climate change for tonight’s state of emergency flooding event with water just shy of the devastating record-high “aqua alta” of 1966.— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) November 13, 2019
St Mark’s Basilica is flooded for the second time in 2 years.
Before 2018, it happened 4 times in over 900 years. https://t.co/3pOEicxOOY
WATCH: Shocking video shows people wading through more than 4 feet of water in Venice, Italy, during floods that left the city's historic basilica and many of its squares underwater. https://t.co/Ys5BJeUSIM pic.twitter.com/HgMHVcaj9T— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 13, 2019
Flooding in Venice may present tourists with a photo opportunity, but for locals, it causes only problems pic.twitter.com/0kNchxKZ4C— Reuters (@Reuters) November 13, 2019
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