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Heavy Rains Pound Italy - Tourists Swim in Venice Square

Post by LornaDoone on Mon Nov 12 2012, 13:36


http://news.yahoo.com/tourists-swim-venice-square-heavy-rain-pounds-italy-104459072.html

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Nearly three quarters of Venice was flooded on Monday and tourists swam in St Mark's Square as a wave of bad weather swept through northern and central Italy, forcing the evacuation of 200 people from their homes in Tuscany.

Shops, homes and historic palaces filled with water in Venice and authorities said 70 percent of the lagoon city was flooded.

High water in Venice reached 149 cm (5ft), the sixth highest level since records began in 1872, forcing residents to wade through waist-deep water. Tourists in swimming costumes sat at cafe tables under the water.

There was no immediate estimate of damage to the beautiful northeastern city.

In Tuscany, 23 centimetres (9 inches) of rain fell in four hours, causing the Ricortola and Parmignola rivers to flood, according to the regional government.

"It has been devastating," said Roberto Pucci, the mayor of Massa Carrara in Tuscany, one of the worst hit areas.

"I saw at least six bridges destroyed in the hills, floods, landslides, vineyards and olive groves swept away. If there hasn't been a death it's a miracle," he told Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Local media said dozens of people took refuge on their roofs after rivers burst their banks in central Italy.

Environment Minister Corrado Clini called for more funding to shore up Italy's weather defences. Bad weather with torrential rain was due to continue through Tuesday, forecasters said.

It was the fourth time since 2000 that Venice had been hit by record high water, and the city's environment officer said the latest flooding was the result of global climate change.

A barrier to protect the city from repeated winter flooding, which has been planned for decades, is due to be finished by 2015.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer and Naomi O'Leary; editing by Barry Moody)

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Re: Heavy Rains Pound Italy - Tourists Swim in Venice Square

Post by silly girl on Mon Nov 12 2012, 13:39

Wow that is horrible-----flooding seems to be the norm lately.

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Post by Atalante on Mon Nov 12 2012, 14:51

Well it's not a total surprise ey, some peeps just don't believe in climate change untill it happens. LOL!

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Post by cindigirl on Mon Nov 12 2012, 14:57

So sorry to hear about what the flood has done to the residents in Venice. Flooding does seem prevalent lately maybe due to climate change.

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Re: Heavy Rains Pound Italy - Tourists Swim in Venice Square

Post by Joanna on Mon Nov 12 2012, 16:59

It looks pretty bad in the videos on the link.
I can't understand people swimming in that water though !

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Re: Heavy Rains Pound Italy - Tourists Swim in Venice Square

Post by Best in Category on Mon Nov 12 2012, 19:32

It surely doesn´t do good to those old buildings. I saw someone was rowing a boat in Piazza San Marco, in the news. Same thing every fall lately...

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Re: Heavy Rains Pound Italy - Tourists Swim in Venice Square

Post by it's me on Mon Nov 12 2012, 19:37

our poor Venezia.... Sad

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