Tourists visiting Venice expect to see water in the form of the famous canals of the lagoon city — but if you're planning a trip then you might want to pack some scuba gear. The Italian city has been swamped by an exceptional high-tide, putting the majority of Venice under water. Italy has been experiencing some bad weather this week, with storm fronts and heavy winds causing four fatalities so far.
According to The Guardian, the gales raised the water level to more than five feet, flooding the raised walkways in the city. The water-bus system has been closed while the emergency is ongoing to ensure the safety of passengers. Venetians are no stranger to floods, but the current water level is beyond what is usually experienced, leaving many businesses and homes water-logged.
Luigi Brungnaro, the mayor of the popular tourist destination, said that an underwater barrier project that has been discussed would've prevented the situation. While the works, named Moses, have been given the go-ahead by the government, the cost has prevented it from moving forward. The fate of the barriers will ultimately lie with prime minister Giuseppe Conte, who has the power to push it forward. When the barriers are in place, they will raise up when the tide reaches 43 inches in a bid to protect the city.
Business owners have been forced to use water pumps to try and protect their stock as the usual methods of metal doors haven't been enough to hold back the raging waters. The rest of Italy is also suffering from the weather, with major tourist attractions closing their doors in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. In other parts of Italy, there are active flood alerts, largely due to the lack of precautions put in place around the various river beds in various cities.
Travel routes have been disrupted and schools across Italy have been closed while residents wait for things to return to normal. Have you been caught up in the floods? Let us know in the comments.