Nov 15th 2019, Venice. A man with umbrella walks on a gangway near St. Mark’s Square. During the episodes of high-tide in Venice, the city’s municipality puts gangways like this in the main streets of the city to allow citizens to move on foot.
The week of 11th – 17th November 2019 was one of the worst in Venice’s history. In 6 days, the sea water flooded the city 3 times, with tide peaks (‘acqua alta’ in Italian) reaching almost unprecedented levels.
The sea level rise, the city slow sinking process and the industrial canals dug in the past to make way for the big ships, are among the main causes of these exceptional floods. Two people lost their lives, and damages to shops and ground floor apartments have been substantial.