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News Italy: Venice Highest Flood

Heavy rains and high winds left Venice almost completely flooded on Monday after surrounding sea levels rose to their highest in 22 years. Ferry and water taxi services in the lagoon city were suspended and the mayor urged people to stay indoors. Tourists and residents waded across streets and popular sites like St. Mark's Square in thigh-high water.

Officials said more than 99 percent of the city was under water and that sea levels in the Adriatic rose 1.56 meters (61 inches) -- a level not seen since 1986. It was the fourth-highest level recorded over the past century.

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News type Inbrief
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Source of information European Water News/ REUTERS
Keyword(s) floods
Geographical coverage Italy
News date 03/12/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH