Weather & Natural Disasters

Scenes of Venice battling historic floods

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Venice sees worst flooding in 50 years

Venice was hit with high water levels again on Friday, just days after the city was underwater in what was the lagoon city's worst flood in more than 50 years.

The central St. Mark's Square was submerged and closed to tourists, while locals battled off rising waters that invaded hotels and shops.

Local authorities said the high tide peaked at 154 cm (5.05 ft), slightly below expectations and significantly lower than the 187 cm level reached on Tuesday.

People sit at the flooded St. Mark's Square

People sit in chairs at the flooded St. Mark's Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, November 14, 2019.
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Carabinieri police officers wade through a flooded arcade

Carabinieri police officers patrol a flooded arcade by St. Mark's square on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years.
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People walk across a flooded street wearing waterproof waders

People wearing waterproof waders walk across a flooded street on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years.
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Locals fight the rising waters using pumps

A general view shows water being pumped out from a hat shop (L) and a person walking across a flooded arcade by St. Mark's Square on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years.
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A man carries a woman on his back through the flood waters

A man carries a woman on his back through the flooded St. Mark's Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, November 14, 2019.
Flavio Lo Scalzo | Reuters

A catwalk helps people avoid the high water

People walk on a catwalk at the flooded St. Mark's Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy, November 14, 2019.
Flavio Lo Scalzo | Reuters

A man removes water with a bucket

A man drains water with a bucket from a shop in a flooded alleyway on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years.
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Mayor Luigi Brugnaro with other politicians survey the flooding

Mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro, Head of Italy's far-right League (Lega) party, Matteo Salvini and President of Veneto Luca Zaia visit Venice during high tide in St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) on November 15, 2019 in Venice, Italy. A new exceptional high tide of 160 cm was registered today at 11.20 am.
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Floodwaters outside St. Mark's Basilica

A general view shows people walking across the flooded St. Mark's Square, by St. Mark's Basilica on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years.
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High tide across St. Mark's Square

A flooded St. Mark's square (Piazza San Marco) during a new exceptional high tide on November 15, 2019 in Venice, Italy. A new exceptional high tide of 160 cm was registered today at 11.20 am.
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-Reuters contributed to this report.