The mayor of Venice blamed climate change for flooding of the historic canal city that hit the second-highest levels ever, as the city braced for yet another wave today.
The high-water mark hit 187 centimeters late yesterday, meaning more than 85 percent of the city was flooded. The highest level ever recorded was 198 centimeters during infamous flooding in 1966.
The governor of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia, said one person died, though the cause was not immediately clear.
Photos on social media showed a city ferry and taxi boats grounded on walkways flanking canals. Already yesterday, much of the city was under water, inundating the famed St. Mark's Basilica and raising anew concerns over damage to the mosaics and other artworks.
Officials projected a second wave as high as 160 centimeters at mid-morning today.
Venice's Mayor Luigi Brugnaro blamed climate change for the "dramatic situation'' and called for a speedy completion of a long-delayed project to construct off-shore barriers.-AP