Venice: a romantic city, even when flooded. Photo published on Facebook by Stefano Soffiato
Venice, the “City on the Water”, has become the city under water. Torrential rains over the weekend have left much of the region of Tuscany flooded, forcing some 200 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, Venice was also affected. Venice, with its canals, is no stranger to flooding, but it's rare to see it hit quite so hard.
The rains made the sea level rise by 1.5 metres, causing 70 percent of Venice to flood. In 2008, the water had risen to 1.6 metres in the worse floods since the beginning of this century. The all-time record goes to the floods of 1966
, where the water level rose to 1.94 metres.
Bad luck for restaurant owners: Saint Mark's Square was entirely flooded. Photo published on Twitter by arimorimando
Last year’s floods caused the deaths of 13 people in the regions of Tuscany and Liguria. This year, no deaths have been reported; the local authorities had put in place emergency measures on Friday, before the worst of the rainfall.
On social networking sites, many people have published photos of the floods under the hashtags #acquaalta (an Italian term for Venitian floods) and #venezia (Venice in Italian). Most of these feature local residents trying their best to waddle through town, but some also show tourists taking this chance to go for a swim in St Mark’s Square.