The highest floods in decades have covered much of Italy’s City of Canals in water up to 6 feet deep.
The water washed over seawalls and ripped gondolas and other boats from their moorings, including three barges that sank, according to Italian news agency ANSA. Photos showed residents and tourists alike trudging through knee-deep floodwaters on Wednesday.
Heavy rains coinciding with a full moon brought high tides that were pushed onshore, the Associated Press reported. Venice is built among a system of canals and is susceptible to flooding, but sea level rise caused by climate change make it even more vulnerable.
The City of Venice posted on Facebook Tuesday morning that it had been “a long and dramatic night” as water levels rose to nearly 74 inches.
“These are the effects of climate change,” Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said on Twitter Tuesday as he surveyed the damage.
Some 85% of Venice is flooded, levels not seen since a historic inundation in 1966. Water surged inside St. Mark’s Basilica and other monuments and works of art were under threat. The mayor of the historic city has declared a state of emergency.
What caused the flood in 1966? Sea level rise caused by global warming?
Maybe everyone should drown and the city can be repopulated by non-morons?