In pictures: Venice underwater after second-highest tide ever

Andy WellsFreelance Writer

Tourists and Venetians are taking to the streets in high boots after flooding hit much of the historic city.

The high-water mark hit 74 inches (188cm) late on Tuesday, the second-highest level ever – and more than 85% of the city was flooded.

The highest level recorded was 78 inches in 1966.

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Already on Tuesday, much of the city was underwater. The famed St Mark's Basilica cathedral was inundated, raising new concerns over damage to mosaics and other artworks.

Officials projected that a second wave as high as 63 inches could come mid-morning on Wednesday.

Bad weather continues to dog Italy, with no real let-up forecast for several days.

People walk in front of the Rialto bridge as water levels rise (AP)
A woman carries her daughter in St Mark's Square (AP)
People take photos in St Mark's Square (AP)
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People walk on a catwalk set up on the occasion of a high tide (AP)
People walk on catwalks as the water levels reach their second-highest level ever (AP
A seagull flies off the water in St Mark's Square (AP)
People wear wellies to wade through water (AP
An early morning view of St Mark's square after the floods (AP)
Tourists came prepared as they took to the flooded streets (AP)
A rubbish collector carries bags in St Mark's Square (AP)
A mask seller sits on a chair in his shop as water floods the premises (AP
A man mops the floor of St Mark's Basilica after an exceptional overnight 'Alta Acqua' high tide water level (Getty
People take selfie photos in St Mark's square (Getty)
A shopkeeper controls an electric pump after the passage of the high tide (Getty)
Water reaches shop mannequins after the heavy rain (Getty)
A shopkeeper checks the operation of his electric pump as he clears out the building (Getty)

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