Venice was on red alert for more floods and fierce winds on Saturday after an exceptionally high tide swamped the city of canals, and declared a state of emergency.
But civil protection authorities issued a weather “red alert” for the Venice region on Saturday, warning of violent winds. Churches, shops and homes in the UNESCO city have been inundated by unusually intense “acqua alta”, or high water.
Residents whose houses have been hit are eligible for up to 5,000 euros in immediate government aid, while restaurant and shop owners can receive up to 20,000 euros and apply for more later.
Mayor Brugnaro on Friday also announced the opening of a fund where people in Italy and around the world could contribute to the historic city’s repair.