(FOX NEWS) -- The worst flooding to strike Venice in more than 50 years has officials in Italy set to declare a state of emergency Thursday after water levels that topped 6 feet inundated the city.
Water levels reached 6.14 feet late Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city and just 2 1/2 inches lower than the historic 1966 flood. It was followed by another high tide on Wednesday that caused widespread flooding and power outages.
"The disaster that hit Venice is a blow to the heart of our country," Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a Facebook post. "It hurts to see the city so damaged, its artistic heritage compromised, its business activities on its knees."
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