3 December 2008

Floods in Venice update - don't cancel!

> Read our eyewitness account of Monday's floods

Anxious travellers shouldn't believe the fearful warnings in the international press. Venice was flooded for a few hours on Monday but there is no need to avoid the town - and local businesses would much rather you didn't. The town was never 'under five foot of water' - a massive exaggeration caused by a misunderstanding of the city's tidal measurements. Venice frequently has shallow tidal floods and Venetians are used to them; Monday's was higher and caused far more damage than normal, but by Tuesday, tourists would barely have noticed the after-effects. If you didn't have a shop or goods stored at ground-floor level, it was actually quite a thrilling spectacle. Don't be put off travelling; such dramatic floods are extremely rare and would generally only represent a temporary inconvenience for tourists, anyway.
> Read more about high tides in Venice

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