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People sit at the table of a bar in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice. High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luigi Costantini / Associated Press

A man sits in his shop as tourists walk in a flooded street during a 'acqua alta' in Venice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

Shoes and wellies float in a flooded shop during a 'acqua alta' in Venice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

A tourist crosses flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, where flooding is common this time of year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luigi Costantini / Associated Press

A man stands in a flooded bar in the center of Venice. According to media reports 70 percent of the city was flooded due to heavy rains.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREA MEROLA / EPA

A shop assistant controls the tide that threatens to inundate his shop. Water levels rose to critical levels in Venice, whereover half of the city was flooded.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREA MEROLA / EPA

A young man and a woman enjoy swimming in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luigi Costantini / AP

A shopkeeper looks worried about the rising tide at the entrance of his shop in Venice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREA MEROLA / EPA

Floodwaters drenched Venice's St. Mark's Square as the City of Bridges was put on "acqua alta" (high water) alert and tourists donned their waterproofs and wellies.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVIER MORIN / AFP / Getty Images

A view of Saint Mark's square taken during an "acqua alta" ('high waters') flooding in Venice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVIER MORIN / AFP / Getty Images

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