POST Online Media Lite Edition


Venice's anti-flood project to be ready in 2020

Christian Fernsby |
The ambitious plan to protect the Italian canal city of Venice from severe flooding went through its first dry run this week and had good early reviews.

Article continues below

Topics: VENICE    FLOOD   

Venice, in Italy's northeastern coastline, was battered by record flooding in November 2019. Waters rose 1.87 meters (74 inches) above normal, leaving two people dead and causing more than 1 billion euros (1.1 billion U.S. dollars) in property damage, including harm to some of the city's cultural riches.

Flood risks are not new to Venice, which is made up of 118 small islands divided by canals and lagoons.

Based on the first full-scale test of MOSE this week, the project soon will be ready. The test moved 20 of the 78 water gates designed to block water level rise at four key junctures.

According to Giuseppe Passoni, a professor of environmental and land plan engineering at the Politecnico University in Milan, MOSE should solve most of the flood-related problems Venice could face. MOSE's architects say the gates should be able to withstand water level rises of as high as 3 meters (118 inches), well above the all-time record of 1.94 meters of water level rise recorded in 1966.

What to read next

Venice to ban new hotels from opening in its historic centre
Venice mulls 'sitting ban' to regulate tourist behavior
350 volunteer groups, Iraq, France, Saudi Arabia, UAE, UNHCR helping flood victims in Iran