20 January 2021,   14:38
Flood in Venice - water levels have reached a record level

Venice is facing its first significant flood of the current rainy season, as the highest water level in the recent months is expected on Tuesday.

City government said water levels rose from 109 cm to 110 cm between Sunday and Monday, but are expected to further rise to 125 cm on Tuesday as factors, such as more rainfall combined with overloaded drainage systems, generally lead to city flooding.

The higher the water level is, the greater the impact on the city. According to a statement from the city government of Venice, at 100 cm of flooding, around 5% of the city is beneath water. At 110 cm of flooding, 12% of the city is flooded.

If the water levels on Tuesday reach 125 cm as predicted by the meteorological service, it will be the highest since the water levels of the city reached 134 cm in April, the end of the previous rainy season. April"s level was the highest on record since 1936.