- 潮の（後出 high tide は高潮(たかしお)）
- 異例の（後出 exceptionally は異常に）
- lagoon city
- （ここでは）水の都（後出 lagoon は潟）
- 氾濫（後出 flooded は冠水した、flood は浸水〈する〉）
- ～ centimeters above sea level
- 大聖堂のこと（後出 square は広場）
- water pump
- wade through
Venice was inundated by an exceptional high tide on Oct. 29, putting three-quarters of the famed Italian lagoon city under water. Many other parts of Italy also experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled objects, killing at least 27 people.
Tourists and residents wore high boots to navigate the Venetian streets after strong winds raised the water to 156 centimeters above sea level. The water exceeded the raised walkways normally put out in flooded areas, forcing them to be removed.
Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but levels on Oct. 29 were exceptionally high. The peak level was the highest since December 2008, according to statistics recorded by the city.
Italian News agency ANSA reported damage to St. Mark's Basilica. It was the fifth most serious flood in its 924-year hisotry.
Residents and businesses typically reinforce their doors with metal or wooden panels to prevent water from entering the bottom floors, but photos on social media showed shop owners using water pumps to try to protect their wares this time.
The wooden floors in the nearly 300-year-old Florian cafe near the church also received serious damage.
"Venice is an amphibious civilization. We need to get used to this," cafe art director Stefano Stipitivich said.
The 33rd Venice marathon was held on Oct. 28 with over 10,000 participants, in spite of the flooding. The official website said that the high tide forced the city to close St. Mark's Square and caused the runners to wade through inches of water. (AP)
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