Moses to Save Venice from the Sea

City planners hope that underwater barriers will hold back the Adriatic Sea from pounding the historic city of Venice, Italy. A $2.65 billion project has been started to save Venice from the flooding that is destroying its historic buildings. The plan is to erect 78 flood barriers to the sea floor at the point where the Venice lagoon meets the Adriactic Sea. These barriers are expected to let the normal tide in and out of the city, but control the higher tides which have menaced the city for centuries. The plan, called Project Mose (after Moses) should be completed by 2011.

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