Temporary Floods Venice Again And a Driver Dies In Northern Italy

Rome, Dec 21 (EFE) .- The bad weather that affects Italy has caused this Saturday the phenomenon of high water in Venice and is expected to reach 135 centimeters on Sunday, while in the province of Pordenone (north) a man died when his vehicle was dragged by the overflow of a torrent.

The man died in Cordenons, in the province of Pordenone (north) when he was driving on a road that had been cut near a torrent and was surprised by the overflow.

While this morning, the high tide in Venice registered 120 centimeters, but by tomorrow the City's Tide Forecast Center expects a peak of 135 centimeters in the early hours of the day.

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Although far from the 184 centimeters of last November that flooded 70% of the city causing damage for millions of euros.

This rise in the way is considered as an orange alert, since only when it exceeds 140 centimeters does the red alert occur and measures are taken such as stopping the public transport of the 'vaporetti', as well as closing the access to the Plaza de San Marcos, one of the lowest points of the fragile city.

In a press conference this Friday, Venetian hoteliers lamented that since the exceptional tide of November 12 'there has been a peak of cancellations of 45%, while continuing to cancel events, conferences and other important events scheduled in the city until next spring '.

The president of the hoteliers guild of Venice said that while Christmas has never been a period of full occupation, 'a surprising fact is that of the New Year: if last year the occupation was 100%, this year is less than 50% '.

Rains, strong winds and coastlines hit by storms have caused the orange alert to be decreed in the regions of Basilicata, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Molise, Sardinia, Tuscany and Umbria and yellow in Calabria , Piedmont and Veneto. EFE

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