The Straits Times
Published on Nov 13, 2012

Waters recede in Venice as Italy counts floods toll


ROME (AFP) - Flooding in Venice receded on Tuesday from record highs over the weekend that left much of the city under water, as four people were found dead from flooding due to heavy rains in Tuscany in central Italy.

The level of the water in Venice reached 149 cm on Sunday - its highest level since 2008 - sparking a red alert in the city, where hardy bathers were seen taking a dip in the flooded historic St Mark's Square.

The maximum highs forecast in Venice this week are 90 cm on Tuesday, 85 on Wednesday, 80 on Thursday and 60 on Friday.

This month's flooding has revived a controversy over the delay in completing a multi-billion-euro system of barriers around the Venice lagoon.