The mayor of Venice has closed Mark’s Square and is calling for donations to repair the Italian lagoon city. 5 foot high tides flooded the historic World Heritage city’s center. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of euros and blamed climate change for the “dramatic situation.”
On November 12th, the water levels rose again and reached over 6 feet above sea level, making this the highest flooding in 50 years! As a result of this detrimental event, the Italian government declared a state of emergency approving 20 million euros ($22.1 million) to help Venice recover.
Many historical locations in Italy have been damaged due to the flooding including St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Banksy’s Mural, Liberia Acqua Alta, Gritti Palace, Doge’s Pales, and The Grand Canal. Thankfully, efforts to clean the city have already begun. Gruppo Veritas, the city’s public utility, announced that 40 boats are collecting debris.
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