(LONDON) — In Italy, the city known for its canals, is scrambling to cope with severe flooding.
After days of heavy rain, central Venice is 70 percent under water, leading tourists and locals to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark’s Square and other historic areas. Water levels rose to five feet and tourists wore bathing suits as they swam through the streets.
The storm also hit Tuscany, where 200 people were evacuated from their homes as nine inches of rain fell in four hours.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN