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World St. Mark's Square reopens in Venice, but water remains high

15:55  16 november  2019
15:55  16 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Venice Beach littered with needles and other medical supplies that washed up onshore

  Venice Beach littered with needles and other medical supplies that washed up onshore Lifeguards say the area has been cordoned off and Los Angeles Public Health has been notified.Lifeguards found a "large amount" of medical supplies around 11:30 a.m. PST along the beach south of the Venice Beach Pier, according to tweets from the Lifeguard Division of the LA Fire Department.

A flooded St . Mark ' s Square in Venice , Italy, Nov. Tourists and residents have been allowed back into St . Mark ’ s Square in Venice , a day after it was closed due to exceptionally high tidal waters that swept through most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center.

Waters rose to knee- high level again around the iconic St Mark ' s Square on Friday morning. Authorities in Venice have installed platforms at key locations around the lagoon city to help tourists to cross without getting wet. Outside St Mark ' s Basilica, there's no option but to wade in the floodwaters.

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Tourists and residents were allowed back into St. Mark’s Square in Venice on Saturday, a day after it was closed due to exceptionally high tidal waters that swept through most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center.

Tourists, Venetians slosh through flooded lagoon city

  Tourists, Venetians slosh through flooded lagoon city Tourists and Venetians alike donned high boots and took to strategically placed raised walkways on Tuesday to slosh through the high water that has hit much of the lagoon city. Venice's tide forecast office said the water level peaked at 1.27 meters (about 4 feet 3 inches) Tuesday morning but warned that an even higher tide was forecast for after nightfall.

Flood waters remain high in some of Italy' s major cities from the heavy rain and strong winds which have hit much of the country this week. Venice saw its

St Mark ' s Square - one of the lowest parts of the city - was one of the worst hit areas. Mr Brugnaro said the famous St Mark ' s Basilica had suffered "grave damage". The crypt at the historic landmark The flooding in Venice was caused by a combination of high spring tides and a meteorological storm

Despite sunny skies, the city remained on edge due to possibly more wind-propelled high tidal waters during the weekend. The city was struck Tuesday by devastating floods, the worst in decades.

Water was rising again in St. Mark’s Square and the forecast for Sunday was worse. The tide peaked at 1.10 meters (3 feet, 7 inches) above sea level on Saturday at noon, leaving St. Mark's inundated with more than 20 centimeters (8 inches) of water.

Late Tuesday, water levels in Venice reached 1.87 meters (6 feet, 1 inch) above sea level, the highest flooding since 1966.

On Saturday, tourists sloshed through St. Mark’s Square and strolled across it on raised walkways.

Venice flooding nearly touches level of infamous 1966 flood

  Venice flooding nearly touches level of infamous 1966 flood The mayor of Venice blamed climate change for flooding of the historic canal city that hit the second-highest levels ever, as the city braced for yet another wave on Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The high-water mark hit 187 centimeters (74 inches) late Tuesday, meaning more than 85% of the city was flooded. The highest level ever recorded was 198 centimeters (78 inches) during infamous flooding in 1966.

Venice : St Mark ' s Square deluged by flood water – video. Another deluge engulfed the city on Wednesday morning, causing the acqua alta, or high water , to reach 1.60 The archbishop of Venice , Francesco Moraglia, said St Marks had suffered “structural damage, because the water has risen.

Rescuers patrol across flooded St . Mark ’ s square past St . Mark ’ s Basilica during an exceptional “Alta Acqua” high tide water level late on November 12, 2019 in Venice . The mayor tweeted that the hide tide was “exceptionally” high . “We’re currently facing an exceptionally high tide.

Luigi Brugnaro, the city’s mayor, estimated damages from the flooding would reach at least 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion). He said a final tally of the damage to homes, businesses, stores and the city’s rich cultural heritage would be done once the city dries out, according to Italian media.

“Venice is once again being watched by the world and it needs to show that it can succeed and pick itself back up,” the mayor said in an interview with the Gazzettino and Messaggero newspapers.

Brugnaro said Venice was setting up programs to help cover damages sustained by individuals and businesses, noting that families could expect up to 5,000 euros ($5,500) and businesses up to 20,000 euros ($22,000) in aid. He said businesses and individuals suffering even more serious losses could possibly qualify for aid covering up to 70% of damages.

On Thursday, the government declared a state of emergency, approving 20 million euros ($22.1 million) to help Venice repair the most urgent damage.

Venice paralyzed by the worst flooding in half a century

  Venice paralyzed by the worst flooding in half a century Residents in the iconic city on a lagoon are used to water, but the mayor has called this year's high tides "apocalyptic," and says climate change is to blameVenice sits on a tidal lagoon, just above sea level, so the city's squares and streets often get wet at high tide. This week, though, the water peaked more than six feet above the usual level, and at least one death has been blamed on the flooding already.

FLOODING in Venice has caused the historic St Mark ’ s Square to close, but how long will the tourist hotspot remain closed? The historic St Mark ’ s Basilica is underwater as water levels reached the second- highest since Venice floods: It is unknown when the Piazza will reopen (Image: GETTY).

The city’s famous Saint Mark ’ s Square was flooded with more than a metre of water . The Saint Mark ’ s Basilica was also flooded, prompting fears for the priceless artwork inside. Venice Archbishop Francesco Moraglia said: “The Basilica is suffering structural damage because the water has risen

Built on a series of tiny islets amid a system of canals, Venice is particularly vulnerable to a combination of rising sea levels due to climate change coupled with the city’s well-documented sinking into the mud. The sea level in Venice is 10 centimeters (4 inches) higher than it was 50 years ago, according to the city’s tide office.

The flooding has left Italians exasperated at the incompletion of the city’s long-delayed Moses flood defense project. Moses consists of a series of moveable barriers in the lagoon that can be raised when high winds and high tides combine to threaten to send “acqua alta,’’ as the uniquely Venetian phenomenon is known, rushing across the city.

Completion of the multibillion-euro project, under construction since 2003, has been delayed by corruption scandals, cost overruns and opposition from environmentalists worried about its effects on Venice’s delicate lagoon ecosystem.

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Cain Burdeau reported from Castelbuono, Sicily.

Ancient basilica on lagoon island hard hit in Venice flood .
MILAN (AP) — One of the most ancient churches of Venice, a Byzantine basilica established in the year 639, counts among the 60 churches damaged in three exceptional floods last week. A spokesman for the Venice patriarchy said Tuesday that the ancient basilica flooded three times last week, with the lagoon salt water seeping into mosaic floors and the marble columns. A spokesman for the Venice patriarchy said Tuesday that the ancient basilica flooded three times last week, with the lagoon salt water seeping into mosaic floors and the marble columns.

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