Venice's Vast New Flood Barrier Is Almost Here

Canal-laden Venice may be famously in peril from flooding, but thanks to work begun Tuesday, that peril may not last much longer.

Earlier this week, four retractable gates were dragged into the Malamocco inlet, a seaway into the Venice Lagoon that will ultimately be protected by a string of 57 flood barriers that can be raised at high tide. When all these gates are in place by June 2018, every single inlet that could allow flood waters into the Venetian Lagoon will be pluggable when the...

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