Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

First floodgate installation phase to end in Venice

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Venice, July 3 - The first phase in the
installation of a controversial water barrier system in the
Venice lagoon to protect the city from floods will be completed
on Thursday, the Consortium Venezia Nuova carrying out the work
said Wednesday.
The fourth mobile gate will be lowered in the north canal
in the Lido port waterway where the lagoon meets the Adriatic
sea which is prone to flooding the city during high tide.
In the coming months, the floodgates will reportedly be
raised in tests to verify the effectiveness of the barrier
system, 75% of which has already been completed, the Consortium
said.
The 5.4-billion-euro MOSE project has already been funded
with 4.934 million euros.
The deadline for implementing the floodgates is 2016 but
the consortium said Wednesday that two of the system's four
barriers will be in place by 2014.
Over 4,000 people are working in the project.
Conceived in 1984, MOSE, which in Italian is a play on the
name Moses, has been controversial since its inception with
environmentalists saying it will interrupt the natural ecosystem
and some experts questioning its effectiveness in protecting the
city.
Floods reached chest-high levels several times this fall
and winter, flooding stores and apartments.
Weather experts say the high-water threat has been
increasing in recent years due to heavier rains in northern
Italy, possibly because of climate change.
Other potential causes for the 'acqua alta' phenomenon
include the sea floor rising as a result of incoming silt and
gas extraction in the sea off Venice.
A recent study also claimed that plate tectonics are
responsible as the Adriatic plate is sliding beneath the
Apennine Mountains, causing the whole area to drop in elevation.

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