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Last Updated: Tuesday December 02 2008 14:58 GMT

In pictures: Venice is flooded

Venice flooding

Venice is famous for being wet. Instead of roads it has canals and you can travel around it by boat, but a rise in the sea around the city has left it flooded.

Venice flooding

Which has left some people finding alternative ways to get around. Let's hope the man doing the carrying here hasn't got much further to wade.

Venice flooding

Waters haven't been this high in the city since 1986. Although the record level was almost half a metre higher - that happened way back in 1966.

Venice flooding

Around 3,000 people decided to leave the city but these brave people hung around and made the best of it.

Venice flooding

As did these gentlemen. They look like they're enjoying the wet weather. And their lunch.

Venice flooding

But these ladies aren't. They used a table to try and keep the water from flooding into their shop.