Residents of Venice moved from gondolas to lifeboats due to flooding

Residents of Venice moved from gondolas to lifeboats due to flooding

Venice is going under water again. Residents are transplanted from gondolas into lifeboats. In the historical part flooded residential buildings, architectural monuments, squares. But all this could have been avoided if the flood protection system had been activated in time.

The main square of San Marco is in the water again. And UNESCO facilities – St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace – could again be affected. Frescoes and bas-reliefs were damaged due to flooding last year. In northern Italy, a few days there were heavy rains. Because of this, the water level in the Adriatic Sea rose.

Approach the sunken monuments of architecture can only be reached in rubber boots or swim on gondolas. Tourists’ photos and videos show a sad picture: an Italian city on the water slowly goes under. The locals calculate the losses. The sea has brought a lot of garbage, gondolas are damaged, ships are sunk and overturned. The property is also rescued by store owners.

“The forecasters promised that the water level will not rise above 120 centimeters. We believed, but it turned out that the water has reached a critical point – 145 centimeters. The error of the forecasters led to flooding,” complained the owner of the art gallery Sarah.

Because of inaccurate predictions in Venice did not include a flood protection system. It must be opened in advance – two days before the rise of water, and if the level above 120 centimeters. But this time it was too late to start the system.

Floods in other regions in northern Italy: in Piedmont, Lombardy, Tuscany, in the province of Modena, one solid sea. Large areas are inundated due to floods. People are being evacuated from the flooded areas. They are unable to leave on their own. Roads are destroyed by landslides.

Italians hope that they will build fortification dams along the coast. The authorities have been talking about construction of such barriers for a long time, but so far they are only in projects. Residents are sure that such protection would save Italian cities with rich history and architecture from destruction.

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