Waves Lash Doors of Venice Hotel Amid Flooding

At least one person was killed after the highest tide Venice, Italy, had experienced in 50 years led to extensive flooding in the city on November 12 and 13, local media reported.

Water levels rose on Tuesday night, November 12, to 1.87 meters (about six feet) in some areas, the second-highest recorded level, after a 1.94-meter tide in 1966, the city’s Twitter account said.

The city said it expected a tidal peak of 1.6 meters by 10.30 am on November 13.

Many Venice landmarks, including the famous St Mark’s Square, were left submerged.

In a Twitter post, the city’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, said that he would declare a state of emergency and said the flooding was caused by climate change.

Video posted here shows flooding inside the Hotel Gabrielli in Riva degli Schiavoni, along with waves crashing against the hotel’s glass doors. Credit: Nicu Struna via Storyful