Venice Hit by Another Exceptional High Tide; Worst Week in 150 Years

VENICE—Reeling from devastating floods this week, Venice suffered another exceptional high tide on Nov. 17, with the water peaking at 150 cm (4.9 feet), marking the worst week for the city since official tide statistics were produced in 1872.

The citys center for tide forecasts had warned the tide could reach 160 cm on Sunday and the high mark hit at 12:10 p.m. GMT was not far short of that.

Water flooded St. Marks Square and hundreds of voluntary workers were helping citizens cope with the emergency.

severe flooding in Venice
severe flooding in Venice
Workers walk in St. Marks Square after days of severe flooding in Venice, Italy, on Nov. 17, 2019. (Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)

The city beloved around the world for its canals, historic architecture and art, was hit by a high tide at 187 cm (6.14 feet) on Tuesday. That was just short of the record 194 cm set in 1966 and caused the citys worst flooding in 50 years.

In normal conditions, tides of 80-90 cm are generally seen as high but manageable.

With four tides above 140 cm since Monday, this is the worst week for high tides in Venice since 1872 when official statistics were first produced.

A flooded church
A flooded church
A flooded church is seen during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, on Nov. 17, 2019. (Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who has been appointed special commissioner to deal with the emergency, estimated damages from the flooding in the city since Tuesday at around 1 billion euros ($1.10 billion).

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