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Cornish couple caught in the flash flooding in Venice

Cornish couple caught in the flash flooding in Venice

Published by Emma Carton at 2:10pm 15th November 2019.

A Cornish couple have been caught up in the worst flooding in Venice for more than 50 years.

Elizabeth Dale from Falmouth was eating out with her partner when the deluge hit.

By the time they came out of the restaurant, the water was up to their knees.

"When we woke up in the morning it was still flooded"

"The waiter actually said to me it had literally just risen in about 15 - 20 minutes.

"It was coming up through all the drains, up through all the canals.

"That's quite frightening because you think how quickly it had changed from being nothing at all, to we're wading through knee-deep water to get back to our hotel".

Elizabeth Dale

"When we woke up in the morning it wasn't as deep. It was probably calf-deep outside our hotel.

"Everywhere on the ground flood was flooded.

"Everywhere we went on Wednesday really - so many businesses weren't open that day.

"There must have been people who lost an awful lot of stock and an awful lot of money because they simply weren't able to open.

Elizabeth Dale

The high tide in Venice peaked at 154cm (5ft) on Friday, with around 70% of the city centre under water.

The famous St Mark's Square was blocked off and closed to tourists, while shops and hotels were once more submerged.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said he had been forced to ask police to block off the square, calling Venice the "pride of all of Italy".

Earlier, authorities predicted the high tide would peak at 160cm (5.2ft) - far beyond the emergency levels that set off sirens in the streets.

In normal conditions, levels of 80-90cm are generally seen as high but manageable.

The waters also reached 149cm (4.8ft) in Burano and 146cm (4.7ft) in Chioggia.

The city saw the second-worst flooding on record on Tuesday when the water level reached 187cm (6.14ft), just short of the 194cm seen in 1966.

"Another day of alert for Venice. The sirocco wind keeps blowing. I invite all ... to keep yourselves updated on the level of the water".

Mayor Brugnaro on Twitter

You can read more about the latest situation with the flooding in Venice here.

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