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Record Floods Submerge Venice

New York isn't the only famous city suffering from the effects of record high water levels. Seventy percent of Venice is submerged. The Daily Mail has stunning images of tourists swimming in St. Mark's Square and wading through waist-high water.
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According to Larisa Brown, "[h]eavy rains and seas whipped up by strong winds brought the lagoon city's high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began being kept 150 years ago in 1872."

While New York considers how to prepare the city for future storms, Venice is already moving forward with plans to construct sea defenses. "Moveable barriers that would rise from the sea bed to protect Venice from high tides have been in the works for years but will not be operational before 2014," says Brown.

 

Full Story: The Floating City: Heavy rains flood Venice and reach the sixth highest tide level in 150 years

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