WEEK IN PHOTOS: Venice Floods, Black Friday, More

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Venice Floods, Black Friday, More
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Venice, Italy, December 1, 2008--The coastal city experienced its worst flood in 22 years Monday, but apparently, these gondoliers didn't get the message.

Shown breakfasting, they exemplify the locals' rubber-booted fortitude in the face of floods, which occur several times a year.

The city is in the process of building a U.S. $5.5-billion system of offshore dams, which will be finished in 2011.

(See more photos of this week's Venice flood.)
—Photograph by Manuel Silvestri/Reuters
 
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