Italy has declared a state of emergency following severe flooding that has left several houses in Venice damaged.
The city’s canals were filled with waters after a high tide experienced. Tuesday’s tide reportedly hit the highest level in half a century.
The flooding was worsened by bad weather. The government has since allocated 20 million euros ($22 million) towards mitigation of the crisis. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the state of emergency late Thursday. He described the crisis as “a blow to the heart of our country.”
Residents whose houses were damaged would receive up to 5,000 euros in government aid while owners of small shops and restaurants would receive up to 20,000 euros.
Several public utilities remain closed.
Another high tide was expected on Friday morning, and waters were expected to reach 1.5 meters.