Venice gets out galoshes as 110 cm high tides expected

Levels slightly lower than first predicted

Venice gets out galoshes as 110 cm high tides expected

Venice, March 13 - Venetians on Wednesday are bracing for more high waters, expected to rise over 110 centimeters by 23:30. According to local meteorologists, water levels initially expected to rise to 120 centimeters will instead be a bit lower. During high-tide season in the city, which begins in autumn, water routinely spills over the city's banks and floods 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. High tides in January reached 105 centimeters.

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