Feb 23, 2023
Italy Faces New Drought Alert as Venice Canals Run Dry Transcript
Some of Venice’s smaller canals have practically dried up due to a prolonged spell of low tides, frustrating boat crews, and bewildering tourists. Read the transcript here.
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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Right. Some bad news for people vacationing in Venice, Italy. The city’s famous canals are experiencing record low levels over the weekend.
Speaker 2 (00:08):
Oh, how mad would you be?
Speaker 1 (00:09):
Right? Super mad. And the water reached about two feet below average.
Speaker 2 (00:13):
Speaker 1 (00:13):
This is a new record. Look at that.
Speaker 2 (00:15):
Speaker 1 (00:15):
Many canals are completely dry.
Speaker 2 (00:17):
Speaker 1 (00:18):
Forcing gondola to change the routes to avoid shallow water. The low water levels are being blamed mainly on dry weather and tidal changes. I can’t speak to anything about the patterns over there, but it certainly, certainly is unusual because I feel like that with rising sea levels, you should see the opposite. So I don’t know what’s happening.
Speaker 3 (00:36):
Right, that’s what I heard about. The primary worry is that it’s going to be underwater.
Speaker 1 (00:40):
Speaker 3 (00:40):
So see it while you can.
Speaker 1 (00:42):
Yeah, so what a bizarre know situation. Maybe they had one of those king tides and then it sucked the water out of there, or something like that.
Speaker 4 (00:49):
And the mud is not nearly as romantic.
Speaker 3 (00:51):
Speaker 1 (00:54):
No, it’s not. [inaudible 00:00:55].
Speaker 2 (00:55):
At that point, do you just laugh?
Speaker 3 (00:55):
Speaker 2 (00:56):
Are you just like…
Speaker 3 (00:57):
Speaker 2 (00:58):
“We saved all our lives for this?”
Speaker 3 (00:59):
Speaker 2 (01:00):
Speaker 3 (01:00):
I hope you’re not wearing nice shoes.
Speaker 2 (01:02):
Right. Okay, it’s still Venice.
Speaker 3 (01:04):
Yes, a hundred percent, fabul-