Newsflash: 80% of Venice Under Water

Nov 1st, 2004, 01:36 PM
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Newsflash: 80% of Venice Under Water

More than a foot of water is covering St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Officials said about 80 percent of the city is underwater.

Officials have put out raised wooden walkways in some areas to help people get around. At least one person took the matter in his own hands and canoed through the city.

Venice's boat public transportation system suspended service for about one hour and some stores called to report water damage as a result of the flooding.
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Nov 1st, 2004, 01:43 PM
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Where did you find a news article about this? I've searched cnn.com and msnbc.com and have not seen anything... are you using a Venice-specific site? If so, pass it on! ;-)
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Nov 1st, 2004, 01:44 PM
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Hi wren,

May I suggest that you compare this to the hurricane season in Florida?
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Nov 1st, 2004, 01:46 PM
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I can't find anywhere on the web, but in the morning news there was a running line: 80% of Venice is flooded.
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Nov 1st, 2004, 01:52 PM
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http://www.turnto10.com/news/3877549/detail.html

Good one, Ira! I can compare it only b/c I did experience Frances and Jeanne. But I didn't have any flooding! I will have to defer to someone else.
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Nov 1st, 2004, 02:01 PM
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This story was on Foxnews last night.
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Nov 1st, 2004, 02:04 PM
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It sounded like this "acqua alta" was fairly high; do be aware these 'high water' episodes will happen from now through next few months however they usually only last for several hours, receding with the tides. Several elements such as rain/wind/moon phase are factors in their occurence.
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Nov 1st, 2004, 02:10 PM
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Two pictures:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...ven10210311914

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...ven10110311915

What is happening today, though? That was yesterday.
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Nov 1st, 2004, 02:11 PM
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I saw a picture of the flooding in my local newspaper. Looked awfully bad - people wading in thigh high H2O.
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 07:59 AM
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Assuming that the waters have receded by now ??? Any updates?
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 09:23 AM
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When we visitied Venice several years ago there was PART of a day when people were wading in their high boots. This happens frequently and the city and residents are prepared for it. It lasts a short time. I would say that headline was sensational (surprise!) It does not mean that 80% of Venice was totally COVERED with water. A foot high for several hours is not something they have not seen before.
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 10:19 AM
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I was there last week. Sunday (Halloween) was pretty bad. Water was about a foot high in a lot of places. The boat service was stopped for about an hour. It was so chaotic (yesterday was a holiday in Italy and elsewhere in Europe so lots of Europeans were around for a long weekend in Venice) and Italian cities are so disorganized that it was actually quite funny. If that had been my only day in Venice I might have been unhappy but being there for a week, it wasn't that big of a deal. Lots of people walked around barefoot but the water is pretty dirty so that wasn't an appealing option for me. Anyway, there was aqua alta a few other days last week but mostly the streets immediately surrounding the Grand Canal and San Marco would flood and by noon or so, the water would be drained. You can buy boots (like Wellingtons) for about $10-15 and wade through. Otherwise there are platforms. Not ideal for sight seeing but it is an experience. If you are headed to venice soon I wouldn't bring any great shoes or pants since you might get wet and will probably end up rolling up your pants. Matching socks are also good!
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Sally, I'm glad to hear from someone who was actually there.
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