Venice suffers 5ft tide after worst week of flooding since records began

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sergio Agazzi/REX (10477446ak) Flooding Flooding in Venice, Italy - 17 Nov 2019
The water level rose to almost 5ft today (Picture: Rex)

Venice has been hit by further devastating floods today as the city suffered an exceptionally high 4.9ft tide.

It makes the flooding suffered by residents this week the worst since official tide statistics began.

The city’s centre for tide forecasts had warned the tide could reach 160cm – 5ft 2in – on Sunday, with water levels peaking at just under 5ft at around midday.

Water flooded St. Mark’s Square which was shut once again today after opening briefly on Saturday.

Hundreds of volunteers have been drafted in to help citizens cope with the emergency.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sergio Agazzi/REX (10477446q) Flooding Flooding in Venice, Italy - 17 Nov 2019
St Mark’s Square was shut but hardy tourists still attempted to enjoy the views (Picture: Rex)
People stands in flooded street in Venice, as "acqua alta", or high water, of 160 centimetres (over five feet) is expected around midday, on November 17, 2019. - Venice was braced on November 17 for an unprecedented third major flooding in less than a week, with sea water due to swamp the already devastated historic city where authorities have declared a state of emergency. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Venice suffered an unprecedented third major flooding in less than a week today (Picture: AFP)
A man pushing a cart in a flooded street near Rialto bridge in Venice, during "acqua alta", or high water, of 160 centimetres (over five feet), on November 17, 2019. - Venice was braced on November 17 for an unprecedented third major flooding in less than a week, with sea water due to swamp the already devastated historic city where authorities have declared a state of emergency. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Today’s high tide makes the last week the worst flooding suffered by Venice since records began (Picture: AFP)

The city was hit by a high tide of 6ft 1in on Tuesday, just short of the record set in 1966, creating the city’s worst flooding for 50 years.

In normal conditions, tides of 2ft 6in-2ft 9in are generally seen as high but manageable.

But with four tides measuring above 4ft 5in since Monday, this is the worst week for high tides in Venice since 1872 when official statistics were first produced.

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 €1billion (around £856 million).

Hoses spouts water from a shop in flooded street in Venice, during "acqua alta", or high water, of 160 centimetres (over five feet), on November 17, 2019. - Venice was braced on November 17 for an unprecedented third major flooding in less than a week, with sea water due to swamp the already devastated historic city where authorities have declared a state of emergency. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
The mayor of Venice estimates €1billion of damage has been done (Picture: AFP)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sergio Agazzi/REX (10477446r) Flooding Flooding in Venice, Italy - 17 Nov 2019
Volunteers have been helping residents clear water (Picture: AFP)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sergio Agazzi/REX (10477446m) Flooding Flooding in Venice, Italy - 17 Nov 2019
The Italian city is well-known for it’s canals, but now almost every street is underwater (Picture: Rex)

Authorities in Florence and Pisa were also closely monitoring the Arno river, whose water levels rose rapidly in the night due to heavy rain.

Italy’s longest river, the Po, which runs across northern Italy passing through Turin, was also being monitored after its level rose by 1.5 metres in the last 24 hours due to heavy rain.


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