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Venice Declares State of Emergency as City Battles Worst Floods in 50 Years
By Melissa Locker/Smithsonian Magazine
The city of Venice is under water.
On Tuesday, an extremely high tide known locally as acqua alta flooded the Italian metropolis with the highest water levels seen in the region in more than 50 years. Venice’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, has declared a state of emergency and closed local schools while the city attempts to recover from the devastation.
“I’ve seen things in San Marco”—Venice’s main district— “I thought I’d never see,” Brugnaro told Italian station Radio24, as quoted by the New York Times’ Elisabetta Povoledo.
Photographs of the flooded city document rising waters in many of Venice’s famed landmarks. St. Mark’s Basilica flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years, according to church records reported by BBC News. Per Brugnaro, the church’s crypt is completely flooded, and the building as a whole has suffered “grave damage.”