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13 November 2019 18:39

Venice panic: Iconic city submerged by worst floods in 50 years as Is Venice completely underwater?

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Venice, one of Italy's most iconic cities, is submerged in a tidal surge more than six feet deep as of this morning. The locally-named "aqua alta" is the result of a rising tide, as Venice sits in a lagoon on the Adriatic sea. The city tends to flood at the end of the year around autumn and winter, but the latest activity is the most severe in more than 50 years. Venice panic: Iconic city submerged by worst floods in 50 years as Is Venice completely underwater? During an acqua alta, water levels in Venice can become dangerously high, and the latest figures show a maximum water depth of 184cm.

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The deepest water level ever monitored in the city was 194cm, nearly six foot four inches, during the record-breaking acqua alta of 1966. According to estimations from Venice's government, nearly all of the city is currently underwater. READ MORE: Venice floods today: Is it safe to travel to Venice?