‘Acqua Alta’ hits again Venice

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Venice was hit by ‘acqua alta’ or high water flooding of 144cm on Monday.

Some 60% of the ground in the lagoon city was under water.

A potentially critical acqua alta of 150 cm had been forecast, but winds off the Adriatic staved it off. Levels of 100-120 cm above sea level are fairly common in the lagoon city and Venice is well-equipped to cope with its rafts of pontoon walkways.

But anything much above 120cm risks swamping much of the city.

Venice was brought to its knees on November 13 due to flooding in much of the city after the high-water mark reached 187cm, close to the level of the famous 1966 flood.


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