On this day 196 years ago the most devastating flood in the history of St. Petersburg occurred. Alexander Pushkin described it in his poem The Bronze Horseman.
On November 19, 1824, the water in the Neva River surged 421 centimeter above the normal level. The flood started about 10 in the morning. In just two hours, two thirds of the city were flooded.
Over 3 thousand buildings were damaged, 600 people drowned, many went missing. The Isaakievsky Bridge and the Smolenskoe Cemetery were completely destroyed, same as many houses in the area of the Haven.
The damage from the flood was estimated to make over 15 million rubles. No other flood in St. Petersburg either before or after that was worse.
Nowadays, the city is protected from floods by the Flood Prevention Facility Complex, or, just the dam. Last time it had to be closed was on November 5 this year, when the water level went up 89 centimeters.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel