Venice flooded by unusual high tide, 3rd highest for June

ROME (AP) — A quarter of Venice has been submerged by a near-record June high tide. Such flooding is rare this time of year.  The water level in Italy’s lagoon city reached 116 centimeters (3 feet, 9.7 inches) late Thursday, the third-highest mark for June. That level indicates around a quarter of Venice has been flooded. Venice’s sea monitoring agency blamed the unusually high late spring tide on a storm in the Atlantic that brought heavy winds and rain to northern Italy. Another unseasonably high tide is expected Friday night.