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18 Nov 2019 | 02:49 AM UTC

Italy: Schools to reopen after high tide in Venice November 18 /update 4

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Venetian mayor says all schools will reopen on November 18 following high tide on November 17; associated transport and business disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/18/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Rome). COUNTRY/REGION Venice, Veneto

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The Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, announced in the afternoon (local time) on Sunday, November 17, that all schools will reopen on Monday, November 18, after heavy rain caused tide levels to reach 150 cm (59 in) on Sunday. Mayor Brugnaro had ordered officials to close St. Mark's Square after it flooded. Hundreds of voluntary workers and emergency officials are deployed to manage the situation, although further heavy rainfall and flooding are expected in Venice and across the Veneto region in the coming days. 

Transportation and business disruptions are expected to continue in the days to come.  


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.


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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