Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

Venice choking on chest-high floods

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Venice, November 1 - Venice was under water for the
sixth straight day Thursday after floods reached chest-high
levels of 143 centimeters (four feet, eight inches) in early
hours.
The phenomenon, known as 'high water', had receded to 128
centimeters by midday, while ground-floor homes and shops were
still bogged down in salty lagoon water that overflowed canals
and breached removable dikes laid in front of building
entrances.
Italy is currently under a nationwide rainstorm, and autumn
marks the beginning of the high-water season, which has been
particularly severe this year.
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.
Weather forecasts predict mild weather until Sunday, when
storms are predicted to pound the country again, and high water
is expected to return to Venice.

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