Dikes To Protect Venice Approved

Italy has approved a $5.9 billion project to build dikes to protect the city from flooding. “The project, slated for completion in 2011, includes the construction of 78 floodgates that can be raised by 110 centimeters (43 inches) to keep water from entering Venice’s lagoon. High tides now flood the city several times a year, damaging historic buildings and disrupting transport.”