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As Venice floods, scientists who grew up surrounded by water sound the alarm

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBENov. 15, 2019, 11:02 PM UTCBy Denise ChowFor Venetians, water is a way of life. It surrounds the city, ebbing and flowing, and at certain times of the year — usually in the fall — the tide swells, spilling water into the narrow streets and swamping the grand piazzas.But Alberto Canestrelli, who was born and raised in Venice and spent two years working on flood forecasts for it, said the intense flooding this week in the lagoon city was unlike anything he has seen in his life.“I’m 39 years old and I’ve never seen this,” said Canestrelli, who works as an assistant professor of environmental engine ...