Every city is known for something. San Francisco, for example, is known for the Golden Gate Bridge. Paris is known for the Eiffel Tower. Venice is known for its many canals, because the city itself is built on over a hundred small islands. If you’ve ever been to Venice or seen pictures of it, you’d agree that buildings and houses are literally next to water—perhaps some even look like they’re floating in water! It may seem like the most amazing and fascinating sight, but for the residents of Venice, living in such close proximity to water is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, residents anticipate the annual flood season and prepare for their homes to be flooded every year. This may not seem like the ideal way to live, but residents have become accustomed to this flood season while they wait for the government to do something about it. Well, after decades of delays, the wait might just be over. Recently, the city tested its new flood barriers—a series of gates that open to block tides from reaching and flooding the city. To the surprise of many, the barriers worked! Why such a surprise? Because this barrier project, otherwise known as the MOSE project, has been in the works since 1984! While sophisticated dams like these do take some time to build, the delays with the MOSE project were mostly due to corruption. With that all in the past, the hope is that this flood barrier will hold back the water that would normally flood the city during the months of October through March. Now, that’s dam impressive!
November 6, 2020