South Yorkshire has been hit by severe flooding after a month’s worth of rain fell in one day.
The county’s fire and rescue Service said crews had rescued more than 100 people overnight, with about 500 calls to its control room.
Dozens of people were forced to spend the spent the night at the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield after torrential downpours flooded the city’s streets.
EA field teams, assisted by our partners at @SYFR are currently pumping 1.2 tonnes of #flood water every second out of Fishlake. Keep abreast of the latest flood information at https://t.co/Rgk2ufgQYU pic.twitter.com/jX6yf3PCnl
— Environment Agency – Yorkshire & North East (@EnvAgencyYNE) November 14, 2019
— sports o’clock (@SportsClock) November 14, 2019
Venice flooding has city ‘on its knees,’ Italy to declare state of emergency
Water levels reached 6.14 feet late Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city and just 2 1/2 inches lower than the historic 1966 flood. It was followed by another high tide on Wednesday that caused widespread flooding and power outages.
“The disaster that hit Venice is a blow to the heart of our country,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a Facebook post. “It hurts to see the city so damaged, its artistic heritage compromised, its business activities on its knees.”
Conte said Thursday that his cabinet will approve a decree later in the day to declare Venice to be in a state of emergency, freeing up financial aid to pay for emergency spending and restore services.
In Venice, the crypt beneath St. Mark’s Basilica was inundated for only the second time in its history. Damage was also reported at the Ca’ Pesaro modern art gallery, where a short circuit set off a fire, and at La Fenice theater, where authorities turned off electricity as a precaution after the control room was flooded.
Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, said no damage had been reported to art collections in museums throughout the city but many sites still remained closed to tourists, and La Fenice canceled concerts Wednesday and Thursday evening. Damage throughout the city included five ferries that serve as water buses that were left strewn on walkways and near bridges of the city’s canals.
Tourists were forced to drag their suitcases through flooded areas such as St. Mark’s Square after officials removed walkways to prevent them from drifting away. Wooden boards that shop and hotel owners have placed on doors in previous floods couldn’t hold back the water.
Two deaths have been blamed on the flooding on the barrier island of Pellestrina. A man in his 70s was apparently electrocuted when he tried to start a pump in his dwelling, according to Danny Carrella, an official on the island of 3,500 inhabitants. A second person was also found dead, the BBC reported.
The flooding this week was caused by southerly winds that pushed a high tide, exacerbated by a full moon, into the city built amid a system of canals that is particularly vulnerable to any sea-level rise. The sea level in Venice is 4 inches higher than it was 50 years ago, according to the city’s tide office.
#Venezia è in ginocchio. La Basilica di San Marco ha subito gravi danni come l’intera città e le isole.
Siamo qui con il Patriarca Moraglia per portare il nostro sostegno ma c’è bisogno dell’aiuto di tutti per superare queste giornate che ci stanno mettendo a dura prova. pic.twitter.com/3Qy7070hZn
— Luigi Brugnaro (@LuigiBrugnaro) November 13, 2019
Brugnaro, who blamed climate change for the “dramatic situation,” called for speedy completion of a long-delayed project to construct offshore barriers. The moveable undersea barriers called “Moses” are meant to limit flooding.
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The project, which has been opposed by environmentalists concerned about damaging the delicate lagoon ecosystem, has been delayed by cost overruns and corruption scandals, with no launch date in sight.