| Buongiorno a tutti |
We’ve been saddened this week to see how an unusually high
and adverse weather conditions left Venice devastated, in the worst flooding the city has seen since 1966.
As a state of emergency was declared and Venice was repeatedly swamped by unusually high tides, many readers were asking: “what about the flood barriers?”
Here we look at why the city’s long-promised flood barrier system still isn’t finished yet, and why Venice residents are hardly any more protected from flooding than they were half a century ago.
|We also heard the terrible stories of St Marks’ priceless mosaics being drowned in sewage, and how Venice’s most-loved bookshop was ruined despite keeping its books inside bathtubs and even a gondola.. But there was some heartwarming news too, as we heard how Venetians took to social media to raise money for the owner of a local news kiosk, which was washed away by floodwater, and quickly exceeded their target. Read the full report from our writer in Venice here.|