The world-famous Italian city of Venice has been experiencing its worst floods for more than a decade, with three quarters of the historic settlement flooded by high water levels.
A large part of Italy has been struggling with flooding strong winds in recent days, with four people killed by falling trees. In Venice, the water level rose more than 5 feet on Monday before going back.
The lagoon city is no longer a flood and is generally affected by high tides or strong winds about four times a year from the Acqua Alta – meaning "flood". But in recent years, sea-level rise in the context of climate change has led to the specter of permanent submersion.
The flooding this week exceeded normal levels and rose above the elevated walkways for local residents and tourists to keep their feet dry. The tide has reached its highest point since December 2008 The Guardian reports.
Officials were forced to remove the sidewalks and even close the city's waterbus system, though the vehicles remain in operation the islands on the edges of the lagoon. Schools were also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
CNN said that tourists and residents waded through the water, which reached at points the waist-high. Shopkeepers and restaurateurs desperately tried to barricade their homes to stop the tide by using buckets to stuff water into the swollen channels.
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