Photos taken in the city of canals over the weekend showed its iconic gondolas breached after water levels sank to 18 inches. Water rose as high as 5 feet during the floods of late 2020.
An exceptional low tide left Venice's famous canals almost dry yesterday, with traditional gondolas and boats effectively beached as water levels reached a peak of -48 cm, creating an unusual landscape in the lagoon city. https://t.co/WL7p42yQrQ pic.twitter.com/RJQtopQDiC— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 27, 2021
Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, says that rapid changes in water levels are a telltale sign of climate change. The UNESCO heritage site has been battered by rising and falling tides, which damage its cultural treasures. (UNI)