Monday, December 1, 2008

Acqua Alta a La Serenisima

The lagoon city of Venice, Italy, often flooded during unusually hide tides, has experienced an exceptional high water "acqua alta" of 5 feet and 2 inches this beginning of December 2008. The famous Piazza San Marco's elevated walkways stashed to the side of the Piazza for just such ocassions were once again needed for those locals and travelers who would not heed the warnings to stay indoors.

Adding to the situation was a strike by the water bus service vehicles known as Vaporetto, which traverse the Grand Canal.

Venice, flooded 50 times between 1993 and 2002 has added to the urgency of a scheme to raise the city's buildings and/or to build a sea wall to help save this Renaissance jewel from ultimate destruction by ever rising waters caused by climate change.

Piazza San Marco with the Basilica, 1730. A Venitian scene by Canaletto

Tragedy: Imagine this wonderful Piazza under water!

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