Venetians braced Sunday for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records.
City officials shut down St. Mark’s Square, removing elevated walkways and turning back curious onlookers. Tourists with scheduled departures rushed to grab the last water taxis to get to the mainland Sunday before service was interrupted in anticipation of the high tide.
Officials are forecasting a 1.6-meter surge of water Sunday through the lagoon city. That comes after Tuesday’s 1.87-meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 metres on Friday.
Those two events mark the first time since records began in 1872 that two floods topped 1.5 metres in the same year. Sunday could see the record-breaking prospect of three tides over that mark in just one week alone.
The city’s mayor has put the flooding damage at hundreds of millions of euros and Italian officials have declared a state of emergency for the area.
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