Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

'High water' to hit Venice Marathon

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Venice, October 26 - The phenomenon known as 'high
water' is forecast to encroach on the Venice Marathon as three
straight days of flooding move into the lagoon.
According to local meteorologists, water levels will exceed
norms by 120 centimeters starting Saturday at 10:00 AM local
time, receding later in the day but repeating the trend until
Monday.
Water levels are estimated to be at 105 centimeters above
normal by the time runners arrive in the city on Sunday.
Organizers say that temporary elevated bridges will be used
to keep runners and spectators dry.
A storm front from Spain is currently encroaching on the
entire Italian peninsula, with forecasts of high wind and rain
for the Venice area.
Autumn marks the beginning of the high-tide season, when
water routinely spills over the city's banks, flooding its
streets and squares.
The causes are both natural and man-made.
Decades of pumping groundwater caused significant damage to
the delicate foundation before the practice was called off.
Weather experts say the high-water threat has been
increasing in recent years as heavier rains have hit northern
Italy.
Other possible explanations for the phenomenon include the
sea floor rising as a result of incoming silt and gas extraction
in the sea off Venice undermining the islands.
According to a recent study, plate tectonics are also to
blame as the Adriatic plate is sliding beneath the Apennine
Mountains, causing the area to drop in elevation.
Scientists have conceived various ways of warding off the
waters since a catastrophic flood in 1966 and a system of
moveable flood barriers called MOSE is near completion after
years of controversy.

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