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Venice hit with another flood

Christian Fernsby |
Venetians coped with another exceptional tide Sunday in a season that is setting records.

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Topics: VENICE    FLOOD   

Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area around St. Mark’s Square, but tourists donning high rubber boots or even hip waders still came to witness and photograph the spectacle.

Most were disappointed when officials closed down the historic square as winds ripple across the rising waters. The doors of the famed St. Mark’s Basilica were securely shut to the public, while officials took precautions stacking sandbags in canal-side windows to prevent water from entering the crypt again.

Venice’s Tide Office said the peak tide of 1.5 meters hit just after 1 p.m., as a weather front off the coast blocked southerly winds from the Adriatic Sea from pushing the tide to the predicted level of 1.6 meters.

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