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St. Petersburg flooded for 302nd time since founding

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St. Petersburg has been flooded once again, the local emergencies service in Russia's second-largest city said Wednesday.
ST. PETERSBURG, January 10 (RIA Novosti) - St. Petersburg has been flooded once again, the local emergencies service in Russia's second-largest city said Wednesday.

Strong winds have contributed to a water rise of 170 centimeters above the control mark, signaling the 302nd time the city has been flooded since it was established in 1703 by Emperor Peter the Great in the delta of the Neva River, which flows into the Gulf of Finland.

A storm warning has been announced in the city, which experienced its most devastating flood in 1824, when water rose to 421 centimeters above the control mark, killing some 200 people.

Flood conditions in the city are declared whenever the water level rises 160 centimeters above normal.

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