In Venice highest water levels in 22 years

December 2nd, 2008 - 12:57 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

VeniceOn Monday, in Venice, Italy heavy rains left Venice almost completed flooded and sorrounded sea levels rose to their highest in 22 years.

City officials say the sea level topped 156 centimeters (61 inches) on Monday, well past the 110 centimeter (40 inch) flood mark, with most streets submerged.

Leaving the Italian city under the floods and forcing residents and tourists to wade through knee-high water. Water rise in Venice suspended the ferry and water taxi services in the lagoon city.

Among the spots affected is St. Mark’s Square, the landmark piazza that is the lowest point in the city. Tourists and residents waded across streets and popular sites like St. Mark’s Square in thigh-high water.The mayor urged the people to stay indoors. Having 3,000 people forced to evacuate during one of the highest tides in the city’s history.

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