Typically the rainy storm floods Venice

  • The levee system that should guard the Italian city from increasing waters has not been activated

The strong rains that plague Italy have in part flooded Venice, that today day-to-day lives a new episode of “high water” without the particular MOSE having been activated, the dykes built to protect the city out there climbs.

“I am at the Tidal Center to follow the evolution on the situation: the next maximum of 145 cms is at 4:40 p.mirielle. (15:40 GMT), due to the anomalous reinforcement of the wind. The MOSE system is not active,” had written the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, on the social network Twitter.

The st mark’s square and the historical center of the city are bombarded and, if until this morning the particular “high water” had reached 122 centimeters, the City Council warns that the maximum of 145 centimeters is estimated for the afternoon, because of the wind.

“The situation is terrible, we are considerably underwater,” said Carlo Alberto Tessein, attorney for the St Mark’s Basilica, who assured that “the narthex is completely flooded and, if your level continues to rise, the interior sanctuaries will also be flooded.”

Neighbors criticism

The levee system, known as MOSE, which needed more than 15 years to build to guard Venice from increasingly frequent inundating, was first tested on October several and has been activated several times to help stem the tide. The 49 movable gates on these limitations are normally expected to operate whenever greater than 110 centimeters of “high water” is expected.

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Today, several merchants in the historical center complained and protested your decision not to have raised the limitations, despite the forecasts. The work consists of about three underwater barriers that are raised to seal the three outlets of the Venetian lagoon to the open sea: Malamocco, Costa and Chioggia. The work cost 5 various.5 billion euros, much more in comparison with anticipated and has suffered extensive slow downs, in addition to corruption scandals.

In Late of last year, Venice suffered the worst “high waters”, with “exceptional” levels surpassed only by the failure of 1966.



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