Historic And Devastating Flooding Of Venice!
The pictures are shocking: all of the city of Venice Italy is currently underwater – in some cases by several feet!
These pictures, being posted online by visitors and locals alike, show just how devastating the flooding as been – with no end in sight!
TheGuardian.com has a terrific and sobering story. As they report:
“We don’t know when we will reopen. Thank you, Mose!” reads the sign pinned to the door of Pasticceria Rizzardini, a small bakery and coffee shop in the San Polo area of Venice.
Established in 1742, the shop has survived many floods; a faded list of the highest records is etched by the door. But Monday night’s deluge, the worst since 1966, and the subsequent acqua alta, or high tide, on Wednesday and Thursday have severely damaged the premises. Another high tide, estimated at 1.45 metres, is forecast for Friday.
My wife Alex and I were in Venice a year ago, and we saw firsthand just how quickly the city floods: this is a photo in Piazza San Marco – St. Mark’s Square, as we walked through and had to dodge large puddles of water:
The water has no place to go, and it is only getting worse…as The Guardian reports:
Politicians blame the floods on climate change, but Marta Garlato, whose family have owned Rizzardini since the early 1980s, and other Venetians also point to human error. Many are enraged about the authorities’ failure to complete the €6bn (£5.1bn) Mose project – a series of floodgates designed in 1984 to protect the city from high tides but still not in operation.
“There’s a lot of damage and people are feeling very angry and also very worried,” Garlato said. “Things could have been done to limit situations like this – there have been potential solutions that were never even considered. Evidently, they don’t really think of us.”
Sadly, all efforts to date to solve the issue have been bogged down by scandal and ineptitude…
Here is the entire story, a sobering look a the impact of climate change, and our inability to anticipate or react to it:
As I said, when I was there last year there was evidence of water, but also images that prove just how magical the city is, like the “Bridge Of Sighs”:
I hope they can finish their project to protect the city before it’s too late..click here to see the other enemy to the city: mega ships!
They overwhelm the city with tourists – here’s the story:
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