VENICE UNDER WATER: 70% of city covered by flooding

Venice on 'code red' as city sees worst flooding since 2012

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On Tuesday, water levels topped only briefly the 80 centimeters that floods St. Mark's Square, one of the city's lowest points.

Nearly all parts of northern Italy are on alert due to the storms, with wind gusting up to 100 km per hour and rainfall in some parts equivalent to the amount that falls over several months.

Venice city officials say 70 per cent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimetres (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level.

The water bus system has been closed by transport officials due to the emergency although it will still run to outlying islands. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR People walk in flooded Saint Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy October 29, 2018.

Five people have died across Italy as the country faced extreme weather conditions and the city of Venice was hit by exceptional flooding. The project, nicknamed Moses, is long overdue, beset by cost overruns and corruption scandals. Floods of at least 110 centimeters happen only about four times a year. However, it got a little out of hand on Monday, with the 5 ft high tide levels. (AAP) Residents and businesses typically reinforce their doors with metal or wooden panels to prevent flooding.

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Much of Italy is under alert for flooding from heavy rains, a problem exacerbated by a lack of maintenance of the country's river beds.

Others, including tourists, donned thigh-high wellies or took off their shoes to wade through the water.

A number of trees were reported uprooted across Rome and many parks and tourist sites were closed, including the Roman Forum and Colosseum.

Two young people died south of Rome when a tree hit their auto, while another person was killed in the nearby town of Terracina as winds brought down scores of pine trees. In 1966, when floods swept through the country, famously devastating Florence's historic centre, the waters reached 194cm in Venice. Rome issued an adverse weather alert warning of widespread rainfall, strong winds and violent storms in exposed coastal areas of the Lazio region.

The Interior Ministry urged officials in storm-affected regions to consider closing schools and offices for a second day on Tuesday.

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