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Flooding in Venice

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It’s tragic, but immediately I thought Robert Benchley, “Venice: streets flooded, please advise.”

 

Like it’s so bad, but there is no way it isn’t also comedy. Sadly.

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The MOSE plan does not seem to be working.  From TPM, "Back when city leaders decided to invest in the gates, St. Mark’s Square flooded a handful of times a year. Now, water creeps over the canal banks more than 100 times a year. As it was planned, 78 bright yellow floodgates will rise to part the sea using a system of compressed air and water displacement in what will eventually be one of the biggest engineering feats of its kind. The rising sea would essentially fill compartments inside the gates which are designed to rise to about a 90 degree angle to cut off the sea from the mouth of the lagoon. As the water recedes, the gates would slowly lower down, spilling out the displaced water back to the sea. The gate system would be activated when the tide hits 3 feet 7 inches. Flooding last Tuesday night reached 6 feet 2 inches, which is the highest the water has risen since 1966, when it hit 6 feet 4 inches. And the system was designed to be used just 20 times a year, but thanks to the rising sea levels, it would currently have to be closed once a day during rainy seasons." 

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Still fine ... as of last night ... but who knows now ... I’m long done

 

Everyone knows the major sites ... which are awesome and awe-inspiring (this is an F-ING swamp people ! Imagine pounding a million pilings to keep a church afloat) ... but there’s just so much more ... I come to this ultra-touristy place each year for the New Yesr to recharge and reset my batteries and my ... oxymoronic ? moronic ? ironic ? iconic ?

 

You decide

 

And you eat well (enough) if you know what you’re doing

 

And if you leave the lugubrious lagoon behind what awaits you in front of you can be awesome eats ... awesome ^ Max !

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