This wasn’t Acqua Alta, the combination of seasonal tides and sirocco winds that flood large sections of the city, but a lesser version. The tide was high, the winds were strong, and so the quays were overrun in places.
Whilst not belittling the problem that flooding can cause, like any settlement that regularly faces extremes of weather they have learnt to cope and adapt in ways that countries like the UK can’t justify; which is one explanation for why we seem to get caught out by the weather so much!
Venice deploys a system of gangplanks along major walkways when the floods come, and so even when they aren’t so great, the hordes queuing to view St Mark’s can still do so.
Makes for a great reflection too!