Where’s the water gone in Venice canals?
The present exceptionally low tides come three months after unprecedented floods the city was flooded by too much water.
Two months ago over 70% of the city was underwater. And now, just weeks after Venice’s flooding left the water level at its highest in more than 50 years, its canals have almost run dry.
The low water levels hindered Venice’s famous gondolas and boats to navigate at certain times of the day, and forced them to sit at the bottom of canals this weekend.
During last weekend’s ‘seche dea Befana’ phenomenon, the low tide reached -45cm on January 11, 2020 at 18:45 local time.
This reading is still far away from the previous records of -83cm in 2018 and -66cm in 2017.
The most affected areas were the San Polo and Santa Croce districts, reports the Venetian administration.
According to scientists, the city of Venice is slowly sinking by 1 o 2 mm per year, as it is built on geological sedimentary deposits. On the long run, the Italian city will slowly sink below sea level. Similar headlines on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [SBS, Biopianeta, Tides]