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.
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.
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.
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