Photos: Flooding in Venice

Photos: Flooding in Venice

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Gondola's are seen near St Mark's square flooded during "acqua alta" (high water) on November 1, 2012 in Venice. Floodwaters drenched Venice's St. Mark's Square today as the City of Bridges was put on "acqua alta" (high water) alert and tourists donned their waterproofs and wellies. The "acqua alta" reached 130 centimeters at midnight. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 1, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 3:32 AM

VENICE, Italy (AP) — 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.

Flooding is common this time of year and Thursday's level that reached a peak of 55 inches (140 centimeters) was below the 63 inches (160 centimeters) recorded four years ago in the worst flooding in decades.

Still some shops and ground-floor apartments were flooded.

Moveable barriers that would rise from the sea bed to protect Venice from high tides have been in the works for years but will not be operational before 2014.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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