PHOTOS: Venice Floods Reach Five Feet, But Life Goes On

PHOTOS: Venice Flood Breaks Records, But Life Goes On
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Outside the Doge's Palace (right), Venice's Piazza San Marco is hidden by floodwaters nearly as high as cafe tables on December 1, 2008.

The flood put nearly the entire city underwater.

Five years ago, the city began building a $5.5-billion system of offshore dams, expected to be completed in 2011. Such seawalls should prevent floods like this week's.
—Photograph by Andrea Pattaro/AFP/Getty Images
 
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