Venice thinks of ways to prevent flooding in their streets
As Venice readies for the Carnival next month, they now have something else to contend with; the possibility of more floods. One of the most famous architecural sites in the world is slowly slipping away beneath the sea.
Due to rising sea levels and subsidence, Vencie has sunk 23 centimeters in the past 100 years and now its world famous palaces, churches and bridges are threatened by floods more than 50 times a year.
Last month, the worst flooding in 22 years caused the lagoon to rise more than 5 feet above normal, forcing tourists to bunker down in hotels and shopkeepers to put up sandbag barricades. One wakeboarder streaked across the waters that swamped St. Mark's Square.
It also rekindled controversy over a multimillion-dollar scheme to save Venice's art and architecture. Known as Project Moses, it entails the construction of 78 giant steel gates across the three inlets through which water from the Adriatic flows into Venice's lagoon.
The panels will be about 92 feet wide and 65 feet high and will be fixed to concrete in the sea bed. They will rise up out of the sea when the water levels rise.
It has been called 'Project Moses' and is expected to be completed by 2014.