Venice Canals Almost Run Dry of Water During Unusually Low Tides Just Months After Unprecedented Flooding

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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.

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Just weeks after serious flooding caused widespread damage, the famous canals of Venice have been left almost completely dry due to exceptionally low tides. Picture via AP

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.

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Gondolas practically beached as Venice’s canals run dry. Picture via AP

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.

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This weekend as low tides caused Venice’s famous gondolas and boats to sit at the bottom of canals. Picture via AP

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]

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