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ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's imperial capital, St Petersburg, was fighting floods on Wednesday as winds from the Gulf of Finland whipped up waves near some of the city's Tsarist treasures.
Russia's second city, built on islands and marshes near the River Neva, had to close some embankments to traffic as waves pushed water levels 2.2 metres (7.2 feet) higher than normal.
European Russia has faced an extraordinarily warm winter which has replaced normal freezing temperatures, ice and snow with rain and mud. St Petersburg usually suffers flooding around spring time but this year they have hit in January.
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