Venice gets out galoshes as 110 cm high tides expected
Levels slightly lower than first predicted13 March, 14:01
According to local meteorologists, water levels initially expected to rise to 120 centimeters will instead be a bit lower.
During high-tide season in the city, which begins in autumn, water routinely spills over the city's banks and floods its streets and squares.
The causes are both natural and man-made.
Decades of pumping groundwater caused significant damage to the delicate foundation before the practice was called off.
Weather experts say the high-water threat has been increasing in recent years as heavier rains have hit northern Italy.
Other possible explanations for the phenomenon include the sea floor rising as a result of incoming silt and gas extraction in the sea off Venice undermining the islands.
High tides in January reached 105 centimeters.