BBC Home
Explore the BBC

CBBC

Pictures

Last Updated: Friday December 03 2010 14:38 GMT

High water levels hit Venice

Water levels in Venice are at the highest of this year.

It's not just the UK which has been having freaky weather this week. The city of Venice, Italy has been hit by floods making it difficult to get around.

Water levels in Venice are at the highest of this year.

Venice has some level of flooding for around 200 days a year, but there isn't normally this much water. The worst was in 1966 when the water was nearly 2m deep.

Water levels in Venice are at the highest of this year.

Experts call it 'acqua alta' - which means high water. They think that it's caused by an unusually high tide happening at the same time as heavy rainfall.

Water levels in Venice are at the highest of this year.

People living in the city were woken up by an alarm to let them know about the rising water. By the morning in some places the water was almost 1.4m above sea level!

Water levels in Venice are at the highest of this year.

More than half of the city is now underwater making sightseeing a pretty soggy business. I hope this tourist packed his wellies!

Water levels in Venice are at the highest of this year.

At least this scuba-diver seems to me making the most of the water! Experts worry that over the next few years flooding will happen more and more often in the city.