Venice Sees Major Flooding
Some 55 inches of water soak the city
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 1, 2012 3:42 PM CDT
A tourist sits outside a cafe in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice.   (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)

(Newser) – High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. Flooding is common this time of year, and today's peak level of 55 inches was below the 63 inches recorded four years ago in the worst flooding in decades. Still, some shops and ground-floor apartments were flooded. Moveable barriers that would rise from the sea bed to protect Venice from high tides have been in the works for years, but will not be operational before 2014.

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fractal
Nov 2, 2012 10:26 AM CDT
imagine the mold problem.
Seth_Meyers
Nov 1, 2012 6:31 PM CDT
Ahh, NOT just water, as they dump all of their SEWAGE into the water around them. Yecch!
winterfairy
Nov 1, 2012 6:22 PM CDT
" High tides have flooded Venice," how did they know?