Low tide leaves the canals of Venice dry, only months after severe flooding

Updated

January 14, 2020 1:40:00 PM

Only two months after experiencing some of the worst floods in the city’s history, the iconic canals of Venice have become dry due to exceptionally low tides.

Many of the city’s waterways were impassable by the tides, with boats and gondolas along the canals.

The fall in the water peaked at 45 centimeters below sea level.

The tides mean that Venice’s water levels usually vary by about 50 cm, but extremely low tides are unprecedented.

Meanwhile, Venice was hit by its second highest flood in its history in November last year.

The floods in Venice have become more frequent and serious, a reality that the mayor of the city attributed to climate change.

In combination with excessive tourism, regular floods have seen an exodus of Venice residents.

While millions of tourists visit the city every year, the population of Venice has been reduced to less than 60,000.

Toto Bergamo Rossi, head of the Venice Heritage Foundation, recently told CBS News that the city was “in intensive care.”

Rossi described having water almost to the waist during the November floods. “I mean, this is ridiculous,” he said.

Topics:

climate change,

environment,

Government and policy,

Italy,

European Union

First published

January 14, 2020 1:15:18 PM

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