September 29, 2005


Venice 'will get protection dam' (BBC, 9/29/05)

Controversial plans to build an underwater dam to protect Venice from flooding will go ahead, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said.

The 4.5bn euro (£2.9bn) project, dubbed Mose - the Italian name for Moses - is due to be completed by 2011.

"All doubts have vanished - there is no way back," Mr Berlusconi stressed.

Environmentalists have criticised the project, and the mayor of Venice protested against the decision saying the city council had been bypassed.

The plans envisage building 78 hinged flood barriers on the seabed which would be raised when high tides threaten the city.

But some environmentalists say the 28m (92ft) high, 20m (65ft) wide structures will turn Venice into a pond and will cause more damage than the floods which periodically submerge its streets.

Think of it as just the Big Dig done by Italy and you may not stop laughing'til lunch...

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2005 8:16 AM

Given that this is Italy (albeit Northern Italy), the Big Dig might come off looking not so bad.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at September 29, 2005 9:21 AM

Too bad Irwin Allen's dead

Posted by: Governor Breck at September 29, 2005 9:22 AM

And if I remember the joke's punchline properly, the British will be doing the catering.

Posted by: Rick T. at September 29, 2005 9:32 AM

Why does the new Italian navy have glass bottom boats? To look at the underwater Venice dam.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 29, 2005 11:48 AM

So someone sounds the "flood" alarm, and then someone else pushes the big red button that says "UP", and then out of the water arises a dam? There's something about the words "underwater dam" that causes me to think, HAHAHA!

Posted by: AllenS [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2005 1:55 PM

There were some programs on this a couple years ago, NOVA maybe. Seemed pretty interesting. My thinking is, if it's just the environmentalists holding it up, you most likely should go ahead with it.

Posted by: RC at September 29, 2005 5:26 PM