In its many years, it has expanded and has gotten used to rising waters. In fact, flooding is so common that locals have a term for the normal trend of seeing waters rise from October into December — acqua alta.
Flooding is, by no means, a strange occurrence in Venice. The city floods an average of 100 times per year. Lately, the amount of water that has been covering city streets and rushing inside homes has been rising, though.
Both local officials and climate change experts are beginning to worry that the uptick in flooding is going to spell a death knell for the watery city. Truth be told, they’re absolutely right to worry.