November 13th, 2012
12:46 PM ET

70% of Venice under water

In Venice, where nearly three-quarters of the city is under water after being hit by storms and flooding. Reuters reports high water reached five feet, the sixth highest level recorded in 140 years.

We asked Atika Shubert how people are faring.

Battling to keep the 'real' Venice afloat

It is widely regarded as one of the wonders of the world, attracting millions of tourists a year, but the city of Venice faces ongoing problems that threaten its ability to stay above water.

The city's flooding issues are well known: Each year water surges through its famous streets wreaking havoc on historic buildings, often damaging priceless art.

But Venice also faces the problem of a dwindling population and an increasing influx of tourists that locals claim it is incapable of keeping up with.

Photographs purporting to show the "real" Venice - as opposed to the familiar, tourist-friendly images on postcards that seem frozen in time - are currently on display as part of the city's contemporary art biennale.


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