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Thursday 21 August 2014

Venice suffers sixth-highest floods

Published 12/11/2012 | 08:38

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A tourist crosses flooded St Mark's Square in Venice, Italy (AP)
A young man and a woman enjoy swimming in flooded St Mark's Square in Venice, Italy (AP)

Heavy rain and seas whipped up by strong winds have flooded Venice and brought the lagoon city's high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began 150 years ago.

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Italian news reports said the same weather system that put 70% of central Venice under water on Sunday was wreaking havoc elsewhere in northern and central Italy, with some 200 people evacuated from their homes in hard-hit Tuscany.

Flooding is common in Venice this time of year and the weekend's high tide mark of 59.06in (150cm) marked the sixth-highest level since 1872, according to the Ansa news agency.

Moveable barriers which would rise from the seabed to protect Venice from high tides have been in the pipeline for years but will not be operational before 2014.

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