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Venice floods

<p>Pedestrians wade through flood waters, past a gondola, in Venice, December 1, 2008.    REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

Pedestrians wade through flood waters, past a gondola, in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Pedestrians wade through flood waters, past a gondola, in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>Gondoliers eat breakfast while sitting in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008.    REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

Gondoliers eat breakfast while sitting in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Gondoliers eat breakfast while sitting in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>A woman wades through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008.    REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

A woman wades through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

A woman wades through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>A closed Dolce &amp; Gabbana clothing shop is immersed in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008.   REUTERS/Michele Crosera </p>

A closed Dolce & Gabbana clothing shop is immersed in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

A closed Dolce & Gabbana clothing shop is immersed in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

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<p>Tourists carry their luggage through flood waters in Venice December 1, 2008. Large parts of Venice were flooded on Monday as heavy rains and strong winds lashed the lagoon city, with sea levels at their highest level in 22 years. Ferry and water taxi services in the city were suspended and Venice's mayor urged people to stay indoors. Tourists and residents struggled to get across the city over raised walkways. The Centro Maree, which forecasts water levels, said sea levels in the Adriatic rose 1.56 metres (5.1 ft) -- a level not seen since 1986. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri (ITALY)</p>

Tourists carry their luggage through flood waters in Venice December 1, 2008. Large parts of Venice were flooded on Monday as heavy rains and strong winds lashed the lagoon city, with sea levels at their highest level in 22 years. Ferry and water...more

Tourists carry their luggage through flood waters in Venice December 1, 2008. Large parts of Venice were flooded on Monday as heavy rains and strong winds lashed the lagoon city, with sea levels at their highest level in 22 years. Ferry and water taxi services in the city were suspended and Venice's mayor urged people to stay indoors. Tourists and residents struggled to get across the city over raised walkways. The Centro Maree, which forecasts water levels, said sea levels in the Adriatic rose 1.56 metres (5.1 ft) -- a level not seen since 1986. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri (ITALY)

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<p>Customers stand in flood waters in a pastry shop in Venice, December 1, 2008.     REUTERS/Michele Crosera </p>

Customers stand in flood waters in a pastry shop in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

Customers stand in flood waters in a pastry shop in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

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<p>Flood waters cover restaurant tables near the lion column in Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008.   REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

Flood waters cover restaurant tables near the lion column in Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Flood waters cover restaurant tables near the lion column in Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>Tourists leave a hotel immersed in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008.     REUTERS/Michele Crosera </p>

Tourists leave a hotel immersed in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

Tourists leave a hotel immersed in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

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<p>Pedestrians wade through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008.    REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

Pedestrians wade through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Pedestrians wade through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>Tourists take photos of each other in the flooded Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008.  REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

Tourists take photos of each other in the flooded Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists take photos of each other in the flooded Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>Flood waters cover Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008.    REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

Flood waters cover Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Flood waters cover Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>A postman carries envelopes through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008.   REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

A postman carries envelopes through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

A postman carries envelopes through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>A boat plies the high waters covering Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008.    REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

A boat plies the high waters covering Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

A boat plies the high waters covering Saint Mark's square in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>Tourists carry their luggage through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008.    REUTERS/Michele Crosera </p>

Tourists carry their luggage through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

Tourists carry their luggage through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

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<p>Tourists wade through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008.    REUTERS/Michele Crosera </p>

Tourists wade through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

Tourists wade through flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

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<p>Customers stand in flood waters in a pastry shop in Venice, December 1, 2008.    REUTERS/Michele Crosera </p>

Customers stand in flood waters in a pastry shop in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

Customers stand in flood waters in a pastry shop in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Michele Crosera

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<p>Gondoliers eat breakfast while sitting in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008.      REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri </p>

Gondoliers eat breakfast while sitting in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Gondoliers eat breakfast while sitting in flood waters in Venice, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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