FactualThis exceptional "high tide" of 1.87 meters, the highest level in fifty-three years, fell in the evening on the city of Doges, Italy. The phenomenon has made at least one death, according to Italian media.
A tide of unprecedented magnitude in more than half a century fell on Tuesday, November 12, on Venice, surprising the tourists wading through the streets flooded while a powerful sirocco was breaking waves on the St. Mark's Square.
This acqua alta (high tide) 1.87 meter high, the highest level in fifty-three years, fell in the evening on the city of Doges, in the north-east of Italy, triggering sirens alarm . The phenomenon has made at least one death, according to Italian media: a 78-year-old Venetian electrocuted in his flooded home.
A rare event too, the vestibule (narthex) of St. Mark's Basilica, jewel of the Serenissima, was flooded on Tuesday. The procurator of the building, Pierpaolo Campostrini, organized watch tours in the night to monitor the rising waters.
Rising water flooded the cafe terraces, taking tables and chairs along the alleyways. As the footbridges of the historic hotels along the Grand Canal were swept by the waves as well, the customers of the water taxis were reduced to entering the establishments through the windows.
To protect the city from this calamity, which alters its artistic heritage a little more each time, the MOSE project (acronym for electromechanical experimental module, and meaning Moses in Italian) has been under construction since 2003, but the extra cost and the poor workmanship have led to many delays. The project involves the installation of 78 floating dikes that would rise to close the lagoon in the event of a rise in the Adriatic Sea.
"Venice continues to be afflicted by exceptionally high water. Last year, this year it's the same thing »lamented Mayor Luigi Brugnaro. "We ask the government to participate and explain the organization of the MOSE, because we may soon not be able to cope", he added.