Venice, the Italian city famous for its canals and its historical propensity to flood, is witnessing water levels at their highest in half a century.
On Tuesday, the city saw the water level rise to 187 centimeters, a little more than six feet. The last time it was that high was in 1966, when the level stood at 194 centimeters, nearly six and a half feet. Residents call the periodically rising high waters of the city “acqua alta,” or “high water.”
The mayor of the city on Tuesday called for a state of emergency, writing in another tweet that schools in the city would remain closed through at least Thursday. He also asked residents to document the damage with photographs in order to be compensated for the damage later.
Luca Zaia, the president of the Veneto region of Italy, claimed that four-fifths of the city was underwater.
“The damage is unimaginable,” he said.