A group of scuba divers came together to clean up the canals in Venice yesterday after record high waters hit the lagoon city in recent weeks.

The crew recovered a large amounts of tires during the clean up operation.

"We also collected some gas cylinders that are used by bars, they were probably lost during transport and we recovered them," one of the scuba divers, Alessandro Zuffi, said.

The city - beloved around the world for its canals, historic architecture and art - was hit by a high tide at 187cm on 12 November.

That was just short of the record 194cm set in 1966, and caused the city's worst flooding in 50 years.

In normal conditions, tides of 80-90cm are generally seen as high but manageable.

With four tides above 140cm since 11 November, this is the worst month for high tides in Venice since 1872 - when official statistics were first produced.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared a state of emergency in Venice after the exceptional tides surged through the city.

Millions of euro of damage has been caused to the city by the floods, with funding released by the Italian government to help deal with the fallout.