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Flood waters cover restaurant tables near the lion column in Saint Mark's square in Venice, Italy on December 1, 2008. Large parts of Venice were flooded as heavy rains and strong winds lashed the lagoon city, with sea levels at their highest level in 22 years. Ferry and water taxi services in the city were suspended and Venice's mayor urged people to stay indoors. Tourists and residents struggled to get across the city over raised walkways.

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