Water levels are forecast to reach 160 cm (63 inches) in Venice on Sunday, November 17, as heavy rainfall continues to impact the city. The mayor of Venice declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, November 13, after water levels reached a peak of 187 cm (73.6 in) the prior day. The recent flooding has reportedly caused more than USD 1 billion in damages to the city.
Further heavy rainfall and flooding are expected in Venice and across the Veneto region over the coming days. Transportation and business disruptions are expected to continue.
Individuals in Venice are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, confirm road conditions before setting out, and anticipate disruptions to transportation and business in flood-affected areas. Remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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