Three-quarters of Venice is partly submerged under floodwater due to high winds and heavy rain, causing nine deaths and leaving hundreds of Tourists wading through streets after the water rose by more than five feet (156cm).
After the Civil Protection Agency issued multiple weather warnings schools have been closed and authorities have warned against travelling outside unless it’s an emergency. A firefighter who was responding to a emergency response in San Martino had died.
Severe rains caused water levels to rise and covered 77% of the city in water, the highest ever recorded was 194 centimeters in November 1966.
The low-pressure weather system over northern Italy that brought strong winds from south to north, pushing water into Venice.
Italy experiences high water levels several times a year, and attempts to relieve the problem have been beset by delays, cost overruns and corruption scandals.
Officials shut down the lagoon city’s water bus system and remove the raised walkways normally put out in flooded areas.
Shop and restaurant owners are trying to remove water to protect their assets and furniture from further damage, while this is in progress restaurant waiters are containing to serve by wearing waterproof boots to serve customers.
Rise in high tide flooding will continue to remain a problem for Venice and Rome because of climate change causing temperatures to rise and melt ice sheets.
Even in Rome, dozens of tourists spots such as Roman Forum, Pompeii and Colosseum were closed, uprooted trees and debris are also being cleared.