- Title: Floods don't stop Santa Claus as Venice hit by another exceptional high tide
- Date: 23rd December 2019
- Summary: VENICE, ITALY (DECEMBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) MAN DRESSED AS SANTA CLAUS WEARING KNEE-HIGH GALOSHES GESTURING AS HE STANDS IN FLOODED ST. MARK'S SQUARE IN FRONT OF THE BASILICA DURING HIGH TIDE MAN STANDING IN FLOODED STREET OUTSIDE BAR / MAN IN STREET BEHIND BEING COVERED IN WATER PEOPLE WEARING COLOURFUL SHOE PROTECTORS WALKING ACROSS PLATFORM ABOVE FLOOD FLOODED ST. MARK'S SQUARE PERSON WEARING ORANGE-COLOURED SHOE PROTECTORS SITTING IN FLOOD, PEOPLE IN COLOURFUL SHOE PROTECTORS WALKING PAST MAN DRESSED AS SANTA CLAUS IN FLOODED ST. MARK'S SQUARE PEOPLE WEARING SHOE PROTECTORS WALKING PAST SHOPS IN FLOODED STREETS, WATER COMING OUT OF PUMP CHRISTMAS TREE IN FLOODED ST. MARK'S SQUARE, PEOPLE IN RUBBER BOOTS WALKING ACROSS PLATFORM MAN PUSHING CART DOWN FLOODED STREET PEOPLE WALKING ACROSS PLATFORM ABOVE FLOOD PEOPLE IN RUBBER BOOTS WADING THROUGH FLOODED STREET MAN CARRYING BOX OF ITEMS ABOVE HIS HEAD AS HE WADES THROUGH FLOOD / TWO MEN SMILING AT CAMERA PEOPLE EATING AT TABLE OUTSIDE BAR, CHAIRS AND TABLE SUBMERGED IN WATER MAN PUSHING CART THROUGH FLOODED STREET / MAN CARRYING TRAY OF ITEMS THROUGH FLOODED STREET PEOPLE IN RUBBER BOOTS WADING THROUGH WATER STREETS BY RIALTO BRIDGE SUBMERGED IN WATER, PEOPLE WADING THROUGH FLOOD IN RUBBER BOOTS MAN WAVING AS HE WALKS THROUGH FLOODED STREET MAN DRESSED AS SANTA CLAUS WADING THROUGH WATER IN ST. MARK'S SQUARE
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- Keywords: Christmas Christmas celebrations Santa Claus Venice acqua alta exceptional high tide flood high tide lagoon city
- Location: VENICE, ITALY
- City: VENICE, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Environment,Weather,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001BB753K7
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- Story Text: Two days before Christmas, Santa Claus replaced his boots with thigh-high galoshes while he waded through a flooded St. Mark's Square on Monday (December 23), as another exceptional high tide swept through Venice just one month after the worst flooding in over 50 years.
As the lagoon city recovers from November's devastation, tourists and locals got out their rubber boots and colourful shoe protectors once again as water levels rose through the city, with a tide peaking at 144 centimetres (4.72 feet).
Beloved around the world for its canals, historic architecture and art, Venice suffered its worst week of flooding in mid-November since records began in 1872, recording four tides above 140 cm (4.59 ft) in just seven days.
Last month's floods caused around 1 billion euros of damage, according to Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, and severely damaged the tourism industry on which the lagoon city relies.
Though the waters swiftly subsided, images of a submerged city stuck in the public consciousness and hoteliers reported an initial 45 percent cancellation rate followed by a dearth of new bookings.
Water levels had dropped to 77cm (2.52ft) by the afternoon on Monday.
(Production: Manuel Silvestri, Antonio Denti, Emily Roe)
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