The Guardian's gallery of photos from Venice underwater is positively fascinating. For one, keeping all that electrical work above the waterline so that residents don’t get electrocuted is amazing. And I know the deluge is a regular event, but this year’s floods are the worst seen in years, and… climate change, anyone?
(Photo of a shopkeeper attempting to keep water levels down inside his store by pumping into already flooded streets in Venice, Italy by Marco Secchi / Getty Images via The Guardian)
MARCO! A tourist carries her luggage across a flooded St Mark’s Square in Venice. Although a regular, yearly occurrence in the Italian city, this year’s flooding has been some of the worst on record since 1872. (Photo: Luigi Costantini / AP via The Telegraph)
YOU CAN ALWAYS GO… DROWNTOWN A man in scuba-diving gear waded through floodwaters in St. Mark’s Square in Venice Friday. High tide reached more than 4 feet above sea level. (Photo: Manuel Silvestri / Reuters via the Wall St. Journal)
Gotta love the scaffolding in the background, with printing on the scrim made to blend in with the building itself.
FIREWATER People watch New Year’s Eve fireworks over Venice’s St. Mark square flooded by high water, early Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. (Photo: Luigi Costantini / AP via the Boston Globe)
SINKING FEELING Much of Venice, including St. Mark’s Square, has been underwater since Nov. 30, 2009, following heavy rains and tide waters, officials said. (Photo: Andrea Pattaro / AFP-Getty via the Wall St. Journal)