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Venice Inundated by Historic Flooding: In Pictures

Venice has been inundated with epic rainfall, flooding historic jewels like St. Mark’s Basilica and devastating shops, businesses and homes in a city that attracts more than 20 million visitors a year. 

Climate change may be partly to blame as more than half of the most serious flooding since 1923 has occurred in the past two decades, coinciding with the changing weather patterns linked to global warming.

More localized effects are also at play, with politics, bureaucracy and corruption tripping up an engineering fix that aimed to tame the waters. Project  “MOSE,” a series of mobile gates that can rise to control the level of the city’s lagoon, is already three years behind schedule and billions of euros over budget.

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A man looks at floods in St. Mark square in the morning of Nov. 17.   

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People carry their luggage in the flooded streets near the Rialto bridge, on Nov. 15.  

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An employee mops the floors of an arcade store in the flooded St. Mark's Square on Nov. 14.     

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People walk on a temporary footbridge across the flooded St. Mark's Square by St. Mark's Basilica on Nov. 14.   

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A man drains and pumps out water from a souvenirs store as teenagers walk by on Nov. 15.  

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Italian PM Conte visits Venice after flooding

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on a boat as he assesses flooding on Nov. 14.   

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A room in the flooded Gritti Palace on Nov. 12.   

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Flooded Venice Faces Another Tidal Surge

A backpacker carries luggage on a temporary platform on Nov. 15.  

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Venice Is Struck By High Water Floods

Water floods a delicatessen on Nov. 15.  

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Matteo Salvini walks across the flooded St. Mark's Square on Nov. 15.  

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Flooded Venice Faces Another Tidal Surge

A vendor pumps water out of his store in the Cannaregio area of the city., Nov 15.  

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Venice High Water Floods Day After

A volunteer helps the owner of the Acqua Alta Library move books from the risk of water damage on Nov. 14.   

Photographer: Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images Europe  

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People look at St. Mark's Basilica on Nov. 14.   

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Flooded Venice Faces Another Tidal Surge

Water floods a Spar convenience store in the Cannaregio area, Nov. 15.  

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Venice High Water Floods Continues

A flooded St. Mark's square on Nov. 15.   

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