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Venice Declares State of Emergency After Near-Record Tide and Floods

  • Rising waters ground boats, St. Mark’s Square submerged
  • Experts warn Venice risks being underwater within a century
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Venice Suffers Worst Flooding in Half a Century
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Venice suffered its second-highest tide on record, threatening its fragile lagoon and Renaissance buildings, as Mayor Luigi Brugnaro prepared to declare a state of emergency and said climate change is menacing the historic maritime city.

The flood waters, peaking at 187 centimeters (74 inches) above their benchmark and the highest since 1966, will have a lasting impact on the city, Brugnaro warned. “These are the effects of climate change,” he said in a Twitter post.