Venice starts to recover after ‘perfect storm’ left three quarters of the city under water up to 43 inches deep

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
By Paul Martin

Venice was battered by ‘perfect storm’ of strong winds and tides that left three quarters of the city flooded
Life was returning to normal on Tuesday as floodwaters subsided and revealed the damage left behind
Elsewhere 11 people were killed by storms throughout Italy, most of whom were hit by falling trees
In Rapallo a £5.3million yacht owned by Silvio Berlusconi’s son was among luxury vessels left wrecked

30 October 2018

Cleanup efforts got underway in Venice on Tuesday after a ‘perfect storm’ of high tides and strong winds left three quarters of the historic city underwater on Monday.

The flood, the fourth highest in the city’s history, has reportedly damaged mosaic floors and bronze columns inside St Mark’s Basilica, where the water reached up to 35 inches.

St Mark’s Square, which had to be closed on Monday due to the floods, reopened on Tuesday as cafe and restaurant owners began bailing out their businesses in the hopes of attracting customers.

‘It was the perfect storm during which adverse meteorological conditions contributed to the situation in the sea and winds,’ civil protection chief Angelo Borrelli said.

Venice was not the only part of Italy to be badly impacted by severe weather, which killed 11 people across the country, largely in the north.

The majority of those deaths happened when cars were hit by falling trees, but one fatality was caused by a landslide in Trento, while a windsurfer died after being slammed into rocks in Emilia-Romagna.

Flooding also impacted the city of Rapello, in the north west, when breakwater walls surrounding the Carlo Riva marina burst, causing water to surge through.

The surge overwhelmed many of the expensive yachts moored there, either partially sinking them or smashing them against nearby rocks, where they were stranded high and dry.

Among them was a £5.3million, 120ft yacht belonging to Silvio Berlusconi’s son Pier, the Seguno, which was photographed over on its side and half submerged in the water.

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