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VIDEO: Venice Floods, But It Doesn't Stop The Tourists

People sit at the table of a bar in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy on Sunday. i

People sit at the table of a bar in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy on Sunday. Luigi Costantini/AP hide caption

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People sit at the table of a bar in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy on Sunday.

People sit at the table of a bar in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy on Sunday.

Luigi Costantini/AP

In a city so used to flooding, life doesn't stop when the water's knee-deep.

That's why the wires have been moving images of tourists still wading through Venice's picturesque streets. In one picture, a pair of tourists are seen receiving their order in a flooded restaurant.

Now, as the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang reports, this is no ordinary flood, or acqua alta. Seventy-percent of central Venice is flooded and this is the "sixth-highest level since 1872 as strong winds funneled water up the Adriatic Sea."

This video from the Associated Press tells the story:

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