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Venice flooding

Dave just sent me a couple links about the severe flooding in Venice: this article on BBC and this one on CNN.

I hope the extreme flooding doesn't seriously affect Annie's travel plans. Annie, as soon as I read these articles, I thought of your impending departure. But time in Venice is magical no matter what the weather, so am sure your journey will still be all that you need it to be!

According to CNN:

"Venice has suffered its worst flooding in 22 years, leaving some parts of the historic Italian city neck-deep in water, reports said Monday.

Water burst the banks of the coastal city's famed canals, leaving the landmark Piazza San Marco -- St Mark's Square -- under almost a meter of water at one point, news agency ANSA reported.

Strong winds pushed waters to a high of 1.56 meters (5 feet 2 inches) at 10:45 a.m. local time, prompting the city government to issue warnings to the public, the agency said.

The flood level began to drop soon afterwards, prompted by a change in the direction of the wind.

Previous highs include 1.58 meters in 1986 and 1.66 meters in 1979, the news agency said.

Photographs showed people wading through inundated piazzas and waves lapping over waterside cafe tables. "


Comments (7)

I was there for a pretty bad flood one time, but not this bad. When I was there, it was over in about 24 hours. I am thinking that the water will be gone by thursday morning when I arrive, but I'm going to email my B&B just to make sure it's safe to come.

I am so glad that I wasn't trying to wade through this today. I googled and found some photos - it's pretty deep and one article said that the current was strong enough to wash those high-rise sidewalks away!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hola Anne! I'm back. Wow, those are incredible images.

I'm hoping for nice low level waters and beautiful blue skies for Annie's arrival . . .

Now to fight off jet lag and catch up with all of what's been happening with you all for the past 3 weeks! :)

Anne:

Hola back at ya, Kathy and great to have you back!! I fear there isn't much to catch up on with my blog...I've been woefully negligent with entries since my own trip, although managed to get a few Venice photos posted just to ramp up Annie's excitement (as if she isn't excited enough already!)

Well, the folks at my B&B emailed back and said "come on over" - they said it was a very bad flood but that things are pretty much back to normal now. Yay!

Anne:

Hooray Annie, I'm so glad to hear that - thanks for the update!

sandrac:

I've also seen acqua alta in Venice, and did not enjoy walking on the "boards." Yes, they keep you up out of the water, but they're really tables and scrambling on and off them wasn't easy (especially in the rain!)

Glad to hear that the water has subsided; it does seem to come and go fairly quickly!

The photos are amazing! I hope that is the last of the rain and flooding for Annie!!

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