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Venice waters stymie marathon runners as flood barriers breached again

Venice waters stymie marathon runners as flood barriers breached again

Tourists and residents wore high boots to navigate the streets of Venice after strong winds raised the water level 156 centimetres before it receded.

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. The rest of Italy experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees and other objects, killing six people. In Savona, an elderly woman died after a tornado lashed the northwestern province.

Heavy rains and high winds buffeting much of Italy have killed 11 people over two days as Venice officials lamented Tuesday one of the worst floods ever to strike the city's famed St. Mark's Basilica.

Water transport services were halted across Venice as 75 per cent of the city centre flooded to 156cm (61inc) by early afternoon, the highest level since 2012.

The extreme weather, which began on Sunday, has caused widespread disruption throughout the country.

Italy's famous century-old structures have also bore the brunt of the storm, and several landmarks have been left completely destroyed.

Italy has been battered by fierce winds and heavy rain.

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Venice is now experiencing the worst flooding it's seen in a decade, but one restaurant refuses to let the knee-high water impact business.

The waters have only topped 150 centimetres five times before in recorded history.

Here are some of the most dramatic pictures from the overwhelming flood. Several local authorities shut schools and urged people not to travel unless necessary.

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

Venice's Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said a series of underwater barriers now being built in the lagoon would have prevented the inundation. The water from the lagoon runs into the St Mark's Square.

Regional governor Luca Zaia has warned that flooding could reach the levels of the disaster that struck the city in 1966.


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