See why Italy declared state of emergency in Venice city
State of emergency
A cabinet meeting approved a special decree that included 20 million euros ($21.7 million) in immediate financial aid aimed at helping the city recover.
(In pic: A view of the flooded St. Mark's Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice.)
Damage estimated at "millions of euros"
Venice's mayor said the damage is estimated at "hundreds of millions of euros." Mayor Luigi Brugnaro blamed climate change for the "dramatic situation" in the historical city and called for the speedy completion of the city's long-delayed Moses flood defense project.
(In pic: Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, center left, is flanked by MP Renato Brunetta and Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro, right, meets the media in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice)
Dangerous water level
The exceptional flooding was caused by southerly winds that pushed a high tide, exacerbated by a full moon, into the city.
(In pic: In this Nov. 5, 1966 file photo, the Palace of Doges, partly seen left, and St. George's Church, center, are under several feet of water, in Venice)
In Venice, the crypt beneath St. Mark's Basilica was inundated for only the second time in its history. Damage was also reported at the Ca' Pesaro modern art gallery, where a short circuit set off a fire, and at the La Fenice theater, where authorities turned off the electricity as a precaution after the control room was flooded.
(In pic: People walk on a footbridge across the flooded St. Mark's Square by St. Mark's Basilica on November 14, 2019 in Venice.)
St. Mark's Basilica suffering
(In pic: People mop the floor of the flooded St. Mark's Basilica after an exceptional overnight 'Alta Acqua' high tide water level in Venice.)
The tourist problem
What about the flood defenses project?
Italian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Paola De Micheli pledged Thursday that the Moses project will be completed by 2021, but part of it could start work even earlier.
Rising sea level
The damages this week included five ferries that serve as water buses, a critical means of transportation in the city. Photos on social media showed taxi boats and gondolas grounded on walkways flanking city canals.