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Photos Show Venice City Submerged After Its Worst Flood in 50 Years

World | Associated Press | November 17, 2019, 7:51 am
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 The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday (November 13) to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage.<br /><br />The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city and just 7 centimetres (2½ inches) lower than the historic 1966 flood. Another wave of exceptionally high water followed on November 13.<br /><br />A city worker helps a woman who decided to cross St. Mark square on a gangway, in spite of the prohibition, in Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. (Image: AP)
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The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday (November 13) to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage.

The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city and just 7 centimetres (2½ inches) lower than the historic 1966 flood. Another wave of exceptionally high water followed on November 13.

A city worker helps a woman who decided to cross St. Mark square on a gangway, in spite of the prohibition, in Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. (Image: AP)

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 Tourists pull their suitcases along catwalks set up during high tide, in Venice. The high-water mark hit 187 centimetres (74 inches), meaning more than 85% of the city was flooded. The highest level ever recorded was 194 centimetres (76 inches) during infamous flooding in 1966. (Image: AP)
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Tourists pull their suitcases along catwalks set up during high tide, in Venice. The high-water mark hit 187 centimetres (74 inches), meaning more than 85% of the city was flooded. The highest level ever recorded was 194 centimetres (76 inches) during infamous flooding in 1966. (Image: AP)

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 Tourists push their floating luggage in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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Tourists push their floating luggage in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A couple eats pizza as they look at a flooded canal, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A couple eats pizza as they look at a flooded canal, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A shop assistant stands in a flooded shop, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A shop assistant stands in a flooded shop, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 People wade through water during a high tide, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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People wade through water during a high tide, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 People recover stranded gondolas, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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People recover stranded gondolas, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A woman wears bin bags as she carries her suitcase while wading through high water, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A woman wears bin bags as she carries her suitcase while wading through high water, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A stranded ferry boat lies on its side, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A stranded ferry boat lies on its side, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 People wade through water in St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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People wade through water in St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 People wade through water in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. (Image: AP)
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People wade through water in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. (Image: AP)

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 Mannequins lie on the floor in a shop as people wade through a flooded street, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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Mannequins lie on the floor in a shop as people wade through a flooded street, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A shop assistant stands in a flooded shop, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A shop assistant stands in a flooded shop, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A tourist pushes her floating luggage in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A tourist pushes her floating luggage in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A woman wears bin bags as she carries her suitcase while wading through high water, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A woman wears bin bags as she carries her suitcase while wading through high water, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 Partially submerged ferry boats in Venice, Italy. (Image: AP)
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Partially submerged ferry boats in Venice, Italy. (Image: AP)

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 A stranded ferry boat lies on its side, in Venice. The mayor of Venice is blaming climate change for flooding in the historic canal city that has reached the second-highest levels ever recorded, as another exceptional water level was recorded Wednesday (November 13). (Image: AP)
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A stranded ferry boat lies on its side, in Venice. The mayor of Venice is blaming climate change for flooding in the historic canal city that has reached the second-highest levels ever recorded, as another exceptional water level was recorded Wednesday (November 13). (Image: AP)

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 Tourists hang on to railings as they try to cross a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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Tourists hang on to railings as they try to cross a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A woman sits in a chair in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A woman sits in a chair in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 Stranded gondolas lie on the bank in Venice. The mayor of Venice is blaming climate change for flooding in the historic canal city that has reached the second-highest levels ever recorded, as another exceptional water level was recorded Wednesday (November 13). (Image: AP)
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Stranded gondolas lie on the bank in Venice. The mayor of Venice is blaming climate change for flooding in the historic canal city that has reached the second-highest levels ever recorded, as another exceptional water level was recorded Wednesday (November 13). (Image: AP)

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 A woman looks at the Rialto Bridge during high water, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A woman looks at the Rialto Bridge during high water, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 Parts of a dock lie damaged, in Venice, Italy. (Image: AP)
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Parts of a dock lie damaged, in Venice, Italy. (Image: AP)

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 Stranded gondolas float adrift over the flooded banks, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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Stranded gondolas float adrift over the flooded banks, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A crane works to move a ferry boat stranded on the dock in Venice in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A crane works to move a ferry boat stranded on the dock in Venice in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 Shop assistants clean up a flooded shop, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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Shop assistants clean up a flooded shop, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 Women wade through water in Venice. (Image: AP)
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Women wade through water in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 High water floods the inside of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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High water floods the inside of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 Parts of a dock lie damaged, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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Parts of a dock lie damaged, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 City council workers place catwalks in St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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City council workers place catwalks in St. Mark's Square, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A man stands in his shop flooded with water, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A man stands in his shop flooded with water, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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 A worker cleans up after high waters flooded the interior of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice. (Image: AP)
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A worker cleans up after high waters flooded the interior of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice. (Image: AP)

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