Venice Is Under 5 Feet of Water as the City Suffers Its Worst Floods in 22 Years (Pictures) + Video

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Venice suffered its worst flooding in 22 years as water in the Italian city rose to more than 1.5 meters (five feet) deep before beginning to recede.

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Three-quarters of Venice, a famous travel destination for tourist from all over the world, was underwater on Monday as a storm brought a historic flood to the city.

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Source:  Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

Heavy winds raised the water levels by more than five feet, causing the worst flooding in a decade.

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Source: Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images

Residents and tourists alike struggled to get around the city, even in tall rain boots, and several tourist attractions were shut down as locals dealt with the rising waters.

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Source: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

During times of flooding, the city erects elevated platforms to help people get around above the water. But they were later taken out when the water levels got too high and they risked being washed away.

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Source:  Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Officials estimate that 75% of the city was underwater on Monday, as high-tide exacerbated the already extreme flooding.

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Source: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

Venice is currently in the middle of its flooding season, called acqua alta, which usually happens from autumn to spring.

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Source: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

However, it is said to be the worst flooding in the last 22 years –  since December 2008.

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Source:  Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images

Residents and businesses typically reinforce their doors with metal or wooden panels to prevent water from entering but, this time, photos on social media showed shop owners using water pumps to try to protect their wares.


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