Flood-Hit Venice to Face Another Exceptional High Tide on Sunday

MILAN—Venice will face another exceptional high tide on Sunday, after its worst flooding in 50 years on Tuesday caused more than $1 billion worth of damage and submerged St. Marks Square under a meter of water.

Flood in Venice Italy 2019
Flood in Venice Italy 2019
A seagull eats a pigeon carcass in St. Marks Square after days of severe flooding in Venice, Italy on Nov. 16, 2019. (Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)

The tide could reach 5.25 feet just after midday on Sunday, according to Venices center for forecast on tides.

“It will be a tough day tomorrow, but we are ready,” Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said on Saturday during a press conference.

On Tuesday the tide peaked at 6.14 feet at 10.50 p.m. GMT, just short of the 6.36 feet record set in 1966. Under normal conditions, tides between 2.62 to 2.95 feet are generally seen as high but manageable.

Police patrol after flood in Venice Italy
Police patrol after flood in Venice Italy
Italian police officers patrol St. Marks Square after days of flooding in Venice, Italy on Nov. 16, 2019. (Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)

Brugnaro, who has been appointed the special commissioner to deal with the emergency, on Saturday said he had received offers of support from the European Union, and that the European Investment Bank (EIB) could grant special loans for repairs.

The mayor confirmed a damage estimate of around $1.1 billion. The government declared a state of emergency for Venice on Thursday, allocating about $22 million to address the immediate damage.

Volunteers save manuscripts in Venice Italy
Volunteers save manuscripts in Venice Italy
Volunteers save manuscripts from the music conservatory Benedetto Marcello after severe flooding in Venice, Italy on Nov. 16, 2019. (Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)

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