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.
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.
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.
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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