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70 Percent of Venice Flooded (Photos)

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 12, 2012 Last Updated: November 17, 2012
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A man carries luggages on a flooded St Mark's Square during an 'acqua alta' on Nov. 11, in Venice. Rain and wind hit the north of Italy on Sunday. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

A man carries luggages on a flooded St Mark's Square during an 'acqua alta' on Nov. 11, in Venice. Rain and wind hit the north of Italy on Sunday. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

The low-lying Italian city of Venice flooded after heavy rains.

At least 70 percent of the Floating City was underwater on Sunday bringing the city’s high-tide mark to its sixth-highest level since 1872, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

People take a coffee in a flooded shop on November 11, 2012. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

People take a coffee in a flooded shop on November 11, 2012. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

Tourists walk on footbridges near the Rialto bridge. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

Tourists walk on footbridges near the Rialto bridge. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

Media photographs show people walking on footbridges where sidewalks were flooded. Locals wore rain boots and plastic bags to fend off the water.

Some tourists swam in historic St. Marks Square after it was flooded, reported The Mirror. Most residents fled the city to the Italian mainland.

A shoes seller displays his wares outside his shop in a flooded street during a storm on November 11, 2012 in Venice. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

A shoes seller displays his wares outside his shop in a flooded street during a storm on November 11, 2012 in Venice. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

Shoes and wellies float in a flooded shop during a storm on November 11, 2012 in Venice. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

Shoes and wellies float in a flooded shop during a storm on November 11, 2012 in Venice. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

Venetians complained about the city’s weather forecast, which estimated that flooding would not be as bad as it has been. Alessandro Maggioni, Venice’s assessor for public works, said that the weather is “exceptional and unpredictable,” according to The Mirror.

“The red alert we issued last Friday is still in place: the heavy rain recorded in the last few hours confirms our worries and are in line with our forecasts,” said Venice councilor for civil protection Daniele Stival, reported the Daily Telegraph.

A man sits in his shop as tourists walk in a flooded street. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

A man sits in his shop as tourists walk in a flooded street. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

People walk in a flooded street during a on November 11, 2012 in Venice. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

People walk in a flooded street during a on November 11, 2012 in Venice. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

The Italian government is set to implement a high-tech dam system by 2016 to deal with future floods.

Tuscany was also slammed by the weather system that flooded Venice. Around 200 people were forced to evacuate from their homes, reported The Mirror.

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A man runs in a flooded street on November 11, 2012 (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)

A man runs in a flooded street on November 11, 2012 (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)




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