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Despite Worst Flood In Decades, Venice Pizzeria Stays Open To Serve Locals And Tourists

Despite Worst Flood In Decades, Venice Pizzeria Stays Open To Serve Locals And Tourists

Venice might be underwater, but one Pizzeria is still open to serve both locals and tourists.

Last weekend, Venice suffered some of the worst rains in its history. Torrential downpours and stormed brought down inches of rain which have combined with rising sea levels and rain swells to put three-quarters of the city under water.

While most tourists struggle to get around in the flooded city, for some Venetian restaurants it’s just business as usual. At Piazza San Marco, a small Venice pizzeria, a foot of water covering the floor is no reason not to come into work.

Despite the fact that the entire restaurant is flooded, waiters can be seen delivering piping hot pizzas straight from the oven to hungry customers. Everyone is wearing rainboots, with the waiters wearing all black and customers wearing more colorful options. Some customers opt for tying plastic bags around their feet to keep the water out, but everyone is dealing with the flooding as best they can.

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You can see in the video that waiters wade through water to provide pizzas to paying customers while kitchen staff deals with prepping pies in ovens that are only a few feet above sea level.

The waters began receding on Tuesday, but much of the city remains flooded. Two days of heavy rains have caused landslides in some areas, with one woman being buried alive in her own home.

In all, 11 people have died since the extreme weather began.

Roughly half of Italy was impacted by the storms, with many smaller towns and villages completely cut off due to flooded roads. Over 5,800 firefighters were activated over the weekend to respond to 7,000 emergency rescue calls all across the country.

Most are blaming climate change for the sudden flood. Where normally Venice floods roughly four times annually, powerful storms and extreme weather are resulting in more frequent flooding. Some estimate that sea levels will rise by 5 feet near the end of this century, which would submerge the coastal city entirely twice a day with the tides.

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