Last week, they were operating boats in St. Mark’s Square. This is the third time Greg and Sue have been in Venice, and each time there has been some flooding; this time for us not as much.
Yet, at high tide, the usual places were getting enough water that many tourists were seen in bright colored plastic boots that are sold everywhere. Tables for over water passage were set up in the usual spots, especially St. Mark’s Square, which is prone to flooding. It gets worse in winter when high tides regularly bring water levels up several feet.
Venice has been literally sinking for years; maybe 9 inches in the last 100 years. The buildings are all on wooden posts, apparently really good ones that have been there for hundreds of years.
It was a city built as a refuge from invaders after the fall of the Roman empire, and is actually a cluster of what once was 124 island settlments, many today connected by bridges and canals.
A plan to save Venice, as sea waters are rising, has been in the works for years. A $7B flood barrier is being constructed, with gates that will control the flow of water in and out of the lagoon. There have been delays due to corruption and associated arrests, but the project is getting closer to fruition and is expected to at least slow the damage.