Venice’s iconic piazzas are covered in water, not pigeons, as three-quarters of the city is submerged following a storm that brought strong winds, rose water levels, and toppled trees.

Water levels rose more than five feet (156 cm / 61.4 inches), with photos showing locals and tourists wading their way through it. The peak level of the water on Monday was the highest reached since December 2008.

The water levels even exceeded raised walkways in the city which are made for flooded areas, prompting their removal. Most of the city’s famous water bus system was also closed down.

Much of Italy is under flooding alerts following heavy rains on Sunday and Monday, with high winds and toppled trees leading to at least five deaths.

RT.com / Crickey Conservation Society 2018. 

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