The Rome Floods, Saturday 13th December 2008:
The most worrysome situation was at the "Ponte sant' Angelo" bridge in front of Castel Sant' Angelo - not 300m from Vatican City. Due to the flooding many boats in the Tiber river had broken free from their moorings and wedged themselves across the historic bridge, dangerously blocking the flow of water through the supporting arches.
Firefighters were given the go ahead to dismantle some boats, and late Friday night plus all through Saturday rescue teams worked to remove the cruise boats, barges and house boats that were obstructing the water flow.
Meanwhile firefighters on Thursday 11th December had to rescue dozens of stranded motorists. The streets in some northern Rome neighborhoods were flooded and covered in thick brown mud.
The water level of the Tiber as at Saturday morning 13th December was recorded at Ponte Milvio to have reached at least 13,5m and was at least 5m (15 feet) above normal water level.
Last big Floods of Rome
Rome has had some catastrophic floods throughout it's history. For this reason along the banks of the Tevere in the Navona and Campo dè Fiori area modern day Rome is a good couple of meters above what the ancient Roman city was.
Luckily this is the case, as a lot of Rome has been "saved", instead of demolishing buildings Romans would rather build up and away from flood levels. As a result a large portion of ancient Rome remains untouched but buried under modern Rome.
Some notorious Rome floods from the past have been:
The main areas which have been historically effected by flooding in Rome have been the Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso and the Trevi area.
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