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Venice Floods

Large parts of Venice are under water again, as another exceptionally high tide inundated the historic Italian city. Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area around St. Mark's Square. The rising water poses threat to city’s architecture.

November 18, 2019

Venetian people in a bar amid rising water in Venice, northern Italy. Venetians coped with another exceptional tide Sunday in a season that is setting records while other parts of Italy wrestled with a cornucopia of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche.

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Tourists and residents resume their normal routine at a bar in Venice, Italy. High tidal waters returned to Venice on Sunday, days after the city experienced its worst flooding in more than 50 years. Venetians coped with another exceptional tide Sunday in a season that is setting records while other parts of Italy wrestled with a cornucopia of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche.

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A couple stands in a golden sunset in Venice, Italy just hours after an exceptional 1.5 meter tide receded from nearby St. Mark's Square. It was the third flood topping 1.5 meters this week, following Tuesday's 1.87-meter flood which was the worst in 53 years.

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A Venetian citizen carries her dog Nana as she walks in a flooded street of Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge of water Sunday through the lagoon city.

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Two girls sit on a piece of walkway in a flooded street of Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge of water Sunday through the lagoon city.

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A city worker helps a woman who decided to cross St. Mark square on a gangway, in spite of prohibition, in Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday.

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Flood water reaches a luxury shop in Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday.

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A person checks his way in high tide in Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday.

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Tourists carry their luggages in flooded Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday.

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A man stands next to a gondola service in flooded Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday.

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

Arno river overflows its banks at Sieci in Florence, Italy. The Arno continues to rise in Florence, with a probable peak at the 'Firenze Uffizi' survey station at around 12 pm today, near or slightly below the second critical level (5.5 meters), however above of the maximums recorded in the last 20 years. Venetians braced Sunday for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records, as much of the rest of Italy wrestled with other weather woes -- rapidly rising rain-swollen rivers, windstorms and an avalanche after heavy Alpine snows.

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In this photo Paolo Brandolisio stands in his oars flooded laboratory, in Venice, Italy. Venetians are fed up with what they see as an inadequate to the city's mounting problems: record-breaking flooding, damaging cruise ship traffic and over-tourism. They feel largely left to their own devices, and with ever fewer Venetians living in the historic part of the city to defend its interests and keep it from becoming a theme park or museum.

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A pigeon stands on a chair of a flooded St.Mark square in Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge of water Sunday through the lagoon city.

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

A couple walk in a flooded street of Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge of water Sunday through the lagoon city.

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

An overview of an empty St.Mark square from the Correr Museum, in Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge of water Sunday through the lagoon city.

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

St. Mark square is reflected in flood water at dawn in Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday.

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

Water starts coming in as the city awakes, in Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday.

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

A city worker walks in flooded Venice, Italy. Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting new records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inches) surge Sunday. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87 meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday.

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

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