The highest tide in more than half a century has left much of Venice under water. The tide level peaked at just under two meters, leaving homes inundated, boats stranded and tourists wading through historic St. Mark's Square.
Italy's government declared a state of emergency on Thursday as water levels in Venice remain high. Damage costs are estimated at hundreds of millions of euros.
These are the worst floods to hit the city in more than 50 years. The mayor has blamed climate change and pleaded for government assistance as the city braces for a second day of high water.
A rescue helicopter has crashed in flood-hit southern France, killing three emergency workers. Torrential rain and thunderstorms have caused chaos in the French Riviera, where three more people died later on Monday.
The lagoon city is used to the phenomenon known as "acqua alta," but the record-breaking floods put Venice in an emergency situation. Many cultural venues had to close and are tracking the damage caused by the water.
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