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Venice Hit by Worst Flood in Half a Century; Mayor Seeks Aid

Nov. 13, 2019, 10:38 AM

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.

Flooding on the Grand Canal near the Hotel Rialto in Venice, on Nov. 13. The high tides come in the wake of a week of extreme weather in Italy.
Photographer: Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images

“It’s a tragedy of a lifetime,” said Nicola Ussi, a 41-year-old shop clerk. “The city is showing how ...

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