Venice flooded by highest tide in 50 years
Canal city under water
The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years will leave "a permanent mark", Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro
On Tuesday, rains helped bring the seasonal high tides known as acqua alta to near record levels, just 7 centimeters short of what was seen during the historic floods of 1966.
Venice on its knees
St Mark's Square - one of the lowest parts of the city - was one of the worst hit areas. St. Mark’s Square at the city center has gone from flooding four times a year in 1900 to over 60 times annually in recent years. The Basilica also flooded Tuesday for just the sixth time in twelve centuries - the fifth time was in 2018.
Floodwaters that inundated the famed St. Mark's Basilica raised new concerns over damage to the mosaics and other artworks.
The so-called Mose project - a series of large barriers or floodgates that would be raised from the seabed to shut off the lagoon in the event of rising sea levels and winter storms - was successfully tested for the first time in 2013.
Across the sea
In the Croatian town of Split, authorities on Wednesday said that the flooding submerged the basement area of the Roman-era Diocletian's Palace where emergency crews battled to pump out the water.
Slovenia's coastal towns of Piran, Izola and Koper reported that sea levels reached the second highest point in the last 50 years.