The sun finally came out on Saturday and I went to take some photos. The river was 10 meters above normal at one point.
After a dinner party Friday night I walked a few blocks over to the Ponte (bridge) Sisto with a friend. She’s a native Roman had has never seen the Tiber like that. She said her great grandmother sometimes had to take a boat to get around. Back then the higher banks weren’t built yet place and the Tiber would overflow.
When we arrived at the bridge it was 1:30 a.m. and the river was very high. The area was packed with police and people taking photos.
An Irish tourist, 26, here for a bachelor party fell into the river. He had been drinking with his buddies and fell off a bridge. His body as of now has not been found.
The other day people were out taking photos especially of Tiber Island and the Sant’ Angelo Bridge. The latter was shut down. There were work crews and a crane trying to secure a large tourist/dining boat that floated down river and crashed into the bridge.
To the north the river overflowed. It was strange standing on a bridge and watching bales of hay, small boats and other things flow down the river.
I have posted more photos on my Flickr page. The whole scene was unreal.
The ruined dock just north of the Vatican.
The flooded Tiber Island.
You can see the boat on the left that has crashed into the bridge.
The same view earlier this year when the Tiber was at a normal level.