Monday, November 12, 2012

Venice flooded after storm

Deutsche Welle: Heavy rain and a storm surge have left Venice severely flooded. At 1.5 meters above norm, it was the lagoon city's sixth worst flood on record. The storm has also caused chaos across northern Italy, including Tuscany.

Residents and tourists were left to wade on Sunday, with 70 percent of the city flooded, including pathways along Venice's fabled canals.

Authorities said a strong southerly wind had piled up water in the lagoon. By late afternoon Sunday the level had receded slightly to 1.4 meters (4.6 feet) above normal.

Venice is built on hundreds of small islands. To tackle high water in the future, a complicated dam system is being built to become operational in 2016 The 6 billion euro ($7.8 billion) project - known by its Italian acronym, MOSE, for experimental electromechanical module - has been beset by cost overruns and criticism from environmental groups....

High water in Venice in 2004, shot by Wolfgang Moroder, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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