Acqua Alta

Acqua Alta

It wasn’t quite this bad in Venice, but the high water (acqua alta) was deep these past two days, up to 5 feet, 2 inches (“1.56 meters” to natives). This was the worst flooding in the ancient island city In 22 years, endangering the city’s wealth of art and architecture, a major part of the legacy of Western Civilization.

The waters are now receding, but Venice has been flooded 50 times between 1993 and 2002 due to subsidence of the underlying soil and rising sea levels due to global warming. Projects are under way to mitigate future flood damage

Project Moses” aims at “parting” the waters surrounding Venice like the Red Sea of Exodus with the help of 78 movable tide barriers stretching 1.2 miles (2 kilometres) across the the lagoon entrance. Engineers and public officials have become concerned as project costs rise faster than the lagoon waters. A second solution seeks to lift city buildings rather than lower the water. Operation Rialto will jack up buildings one metre (3.3 feet) by placing powered pistons under them.

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here.Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

One Response to “Acqua Alta”

  1. Nigi Merenda Says:

    Fortunately, that deep-high-water-Monday I was supposed to be working in Venice but eventually I got sick… Better than a December dressed-swimming! 🙂

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