All of that scaffolding on the left-hand side of the photo below is the restoration work on the campanile (bell tower) that I blogged about earlier this year (they are putting titanium belts underground to stabilize the foundations of the tower). I have a feeling that the floods might have delayed the progress - the water was even deeper inside the work site than it was in the Piazza.
Here's another one of the Basilica from outside:
Venice Daily Photo has a video that shows the seagulls floating around in the piazza "lake" on the day after I left Venice.
My mom looked at all my acqua alta photos and said, "It looks miserable!" It really wasn't. I would have been unhappy if I'd been trapped in my hotel room like the folks who were there on December 1, but I was able to get out and about. But after a few days of this "minor" flooding, I started to feel like I was on a camping trip instead of in a European city. The flooding itself wasn't that hard to deal with but when it rained on top of it, well I got a little tired of being wet! At least it wasn't brutally cold too.
Most tourists seemed to be enjoying the unusual experience while the Venetians were business as usual, going about their lives with their boots on and their flood barriers in place. I did feel bad for the elderly citizens though - one afternoon I saw a couple of ladies walking very slowly with canes, trying to navigate through a partially flooded street. Then they arrived at a doctor's office which had a metal flood gate across the door, and the nurses came to help these ladies climb over it. It can't be easy on them.