Venice Hit With Worst Flooding In A Decade As Tourists Wade Through Landmarks | HuffPost

The city has been working on an ambitious engineering project ― nicknamed “Project Moses” ― to protect Venice from future floodwaters, but the effort has been plagued by cost overruns and a corruption scandal since it began in 2003. When it’s finished, several massive retractable gates are meant to block the mouths of the city’s lagoons when extremely high tides come in, theoretically protecting Venice until the water retreats.

The project is expected to be completed by 2022 and has already cost some 6.5 billion. Minor flooding would still take place in certain areas when floodwater is below the level needed to activate the system of gates.

Venice Hit With Worst Flooding In A Decade As Tourists Wade Through Landmarks | HuffPost

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