75% of Venice under water after unusually high tide strikes famed city (WATCH LIVE)

Three-quarters of the Italian city of Venice is currently under water after a storm system brought strong winds which rose water levels and toppled trees. Four people have been killed.

Water levels rose more than five feet (156cm / 61.4 inches), with photos showing locals and tourists wading their way through it.  

Speaking on Monday, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said a series of underwater barriers would have prevented the rising water levels. That project, dubbed ‘Moses,’ has been long delayed, with cost overruns and corruption scandals to blame.

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