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01 November 2004

The City Sinks...

High Tides Put Venice Sites Under Water

VENICE, Italy - Unusually high tides sent sea water sweeping through Venice on Sunday, covering 80 percent of the city by afternoon. St. Mark's Square and other famous locations were inundated, forcing tourists and residents alike to don rubber boots and use elevated walkways. St. Mark's Square, the heart of the city and one of its lowest points, was covered by at least 16 inches of water. A canoeist was spotted in the square. City officials put out raised wooden walkways, but in some places the water rose above them, the ANSA news agency said. Leonardo Cossutta, of the city office that monitors tides, said Venice's waterborne public transportation was suspended for about an hour and some shops reported water damage. Venice is prone to periodic flooding. The government has approved a plan to install mobile barriers on the Adriatic seabed near the entrance to the Venetian lagoon to protect the city when threatened by high tides.


This is enough to break ones heart. One of the most beautiful cities in the world is disappearing while 10 years later the politicians and the scientist still haven't put a solution into practice.

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