Venice floodwaters ease after major flooding

A woman sits as tourists make their way through flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A woman sits as tourists make their way through flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
A view of Portofino, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. A falling chestnut tree has crushed a car in mountainous northwest Italy, killing 2 people inside, as rainstorms and strong winds pummel the country. Storm damage also cut off roads to the tourist port town of Portofino. (Beppe Risso/ANSA via AP)
A view of Portofino, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. A falling chestnut tree has crushed a car in mountainous northwest Italy, killing 2 people inside, as rainstorms and strong winds pummel the country. Storm damage also cut off roads to the tourist port town of Portofino. (Beppe Risso/ANSA via AP) (AP/Beppe Risso)
Tourists check their smartphones in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists check their smartphones in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
People walk next to a blackboard featuring a restaurant menu in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
People walk next to a blackboard featuring a restaurant menu in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists cross flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists cross flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists cross flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists cross flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Firefighters at work after the road connecting Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino collapsed following heavy rains and strong winds, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. A falling chestnut tree has crushed a car in mountainous northwest Italy, killing 2 people inside, as rainstorms and strong winds pummel the country. Storm damage also cut off roads to the tourist port town of Portofino. (Beppe Risso/ANSA via AP)
Firefighters at work after the road connecting Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino collapsed following heavy rains and strong winds, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. A falling chestnut tree has crushed a car in mountainous northwest Italy, killing 2 people inside, as rainstorms and strong winds pummel the country. Storm damage also cut off roads to the tourist port town of Portofino. (Beppe Risso/ANSA via AP) (AP/Beppe Risso)
Tourists pose for photos in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists pose for photos in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists look at a swimming bird in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists look at a swimming bird in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
A client is served pizza in a cafe' in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A client is served pizza in a cafe’ in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists check their smartphones in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists check their smartphones in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists make their way through flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists make their way through flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk on wooden platforms in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk on wooden platforms in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
A man holds a girl as they walk in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A man holds a girl as they walk in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk on wooden platforms in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk on wooden platforms in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk on wooden platforms in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk on wooden platforms in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
Tourists pose for a selfie in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
Tourists pose for a selfie in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) (AP/Andrea Merola)
A man brushes away floodwater outside the historic Caffe Florian, in San Marco Square, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. Water levels were forecast Tuesday at 110 centimeters (43.3 inches), flooding 12 percent of the famed lagoon city. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
A man brushes away floodwater outside the historic Caffe Florian, in San Marco Square, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. Water levels were forecast Tuesday at 110 centimeters (43.3 inches), flooding 12 percent of the famed lagoon city. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) (AP/Andrea Merola)
Upturned chairs and unmounted table tops lie on the floor inside the historic Caffe Florian, in San Marco square, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. Water levels were forecast Tuesday at 110 centimeters (43.3 inches), flooding 12 percent of the famed lagoon city. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
Upturned chairs and unmounted table tops lie on the floor inside the historic Caffe Florian, in San Marco square, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. Water levels were forecast Tuesday at 110 centimeters (43.3 inches), flooding 12 percent of the famed lagoon city. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) (AP/Andrea Merola)
Water covers the mosaic floor of a section of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30, 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
Water covers the mosaic floor of a section of St. Mark’s Basilica, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30, 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) (AP/Andrea Merola)
Water covers the mosaic floor of a section of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30, 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
Water covers the mosaic floor of a section of St. Mark’s Basilica, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30, 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) (AP/Andrea Merola)
A woman removes water from a shop in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's levels are exceptional and forecast to rise even higher, to 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
A woman removes water from a shop in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday’s levels are exceptional and forecast to rise even higher, to 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) (AP/Andrea Merola)
People walk in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 156 centimeters (more than 61.41 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's levels are exceptional. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
People walk in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 156 centimeters (more than 61.41 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday’s levels are exceptional. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) (AP/Andrea Merola)
A man walks in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, backdropped by St. Marks Basilica bell tower, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's levels are exceptional and forecast to rise even higher, to 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
A man walks in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, backdropped by St. Marks Basilica bell tower, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday’s levels are exceptional and forecast to rise even higher, to 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) (AP/Andrea Merola)
A woman walks in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's levels are exceptional and forecast to rise even higher, to 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
A woman walks in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday’s levels are exceptional and forecast to rise even higher, to 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) (AP/Andrea Merola)
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A woman sits as tourists make their way through flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A view of Portofino, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. A falling chestnut tree has crushed a car in mountainous northwest Italy, killing 2 people inside, as rainstorms and strong winds pummel the country. Storm damage also cut off roads to the tourist port town of Portofino. (Beppe Risso/ANSA via AP)
Tourists check their smartphones in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
People walk next to a blackboard featuring a restaurant menu in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists cross flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists cross flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Firefighters at work after the road connecting Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino collapsed following heavy rains and strong winds, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. A falling chestnut tree has crushed a car in mountainous northwest Italy, killing 2 people inside, as rainstorms and strong winds pummel the country. Storm damage also cut off roads to the tourist port town of Portofino. (Beppe Risso/ANSA via AP)
Tourists pose for photos in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists look at a swimming bird in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A client is served pizza in a cafe' in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists check their smartphones in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists make their way through flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk on wooden platforms in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A man holds a girl as they walk in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk on wooden platforms in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists walk on wooden platforms in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Tourists pose for a selfie in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 as rainstorms and strong winds have been battering the country. Two people were killed when a falling tree crushed their car in the mountainous countryside in northwestern Italy, as rainstorms and strong winds continued to pummel much of the country. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
A man brushes away floodwater outside the historic Caffe Florian, in San Marco Square, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. Water levels were forecast Tuesday at 110 centimeters (43.3 inches), flooding 12 percent of the famed lagoon city. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
Upturned chairs and unmounted table tops lie on the floor inside the historic Caffe Florian, in San Marco square, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. Water levels were forecast Tuesday at 110 centimeters (43.3 inches), flooding 12 percent of the famed lagoon city. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
Water covers the mosaic floor of a section of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30, 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
Water covers the mosaic floor of a section of St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.30, 2018. High winds created an exceptional tide in Venice on Monday, covering three-quarters of the city for the first time in a decade. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
A woman removes water from a shop in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's levels are exceptional and forecast to rise even higher, to 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
People walk in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 156 centimeters (more than 61.41 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's levels are exceptional. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
A man walks in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, backdropped by St. Marks Basilica bell tower, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's levels are exceptional and forecast to rise even higher, to 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
A woman walks in a flooded street of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, as, according to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's levels are exceptional and forecast to rise even higher, to 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Wearing colorful disposable boots, tourists enjoyed outdoor cafes Thursday in St. Mark’s Square in Venice as waters receded from an exceptional high tide.

With their feet in water, they sat at tables in the lagoon city’s showcase square and ate ice cream, three days after the famed Italian city saw its highest level of flooding since 2008.

Water levels in Venice reached 156 centimeters (more than 5 feet) on Monday. While dramatic, that was more than a foot lower than the 194 centimeters (76 inches) of water that devastated Venice in 1966.

But elsewhere in Italy, the death toll rose to at least 14 from the heavy rains and strong winds pummeling much of the country this week, and many regions warned that Thursday’s storms could do more damage.

Two people were killed when a falling chestnut tree crushed their car in the mountainous northwest region of Val d’Aosta.

The Italian news agency ANSA also reported Thursday that a man died of injuries suffered earlier this week when his car crashed into fallen trees in the Alpine region of South Tyrol.

Storm damage also cut off roads to the picturesque western town of Portofino, leaving ferries the only transport to and from the Mediterranean port for the next few days.

In Florence, the Boboli Gardens, a popular tourist attraction where cypresses had fallen a few days ago, were reopened to visitors.

In Venice, in the heart of the city and near the Grand Canal, the wind and rain dealt St. Mark’s Basilica its fifth most-serious flood in more than 900 years. The damage was concentrated in the atrium of the church, which is a fine example of Roman, Byzantine and Venetian culture. The basilica was re-opened to visitors on Wednesday.

Many in Venice are hoping that an ambitious water engineering project nicknamed Moses — in reference to the Biblical figure — will spare the city from more disastrous flooding in the future. The project calls for underwater barriers that can be raised when a combination of high tides and strong winds is predicted to prevent waters from entering the lagoon and flooding the city. But the project has been plagued by cost overruns and corruption probes.

The moveable barrier project “is the only one that can save the city of Venice from this type of event,” Pierpaolo Campostrini, in charge of technical services to protect the basilica, told reporters this week.

He noted that when the base of the church’s marble-covered columns are lapped by floodwaters — which happened in Monday’s flooding — the salt in the water damages the bricks inside the columns.

When the basilica was constructed, the lagoon’s waters were some 1.7 meters (more than 5 ½ feet) lower than current levels, he said.

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