Venice floods, worst in decades

13 Nov

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This is seriously disturbing.  I mean I theoretically “hate” Venice as much as the next Roman, but there are wacky amateur Byzantinists on-line who are gloating about the destruction because they’re loons who consider this disaster retribution for 1204 and the Fourth Crusade and they’re just ridiculous.  We’re losing what may be humanity’s most beautiful city.  I, at least, think only Rome and Paris even come close.

Even jokes about this are obscene. And I’m the Greek who theoretically should be relishing our cold-dish revenge. You’re the Franco-Teutono-Visigotho-Norman descendants of the 1204 sackers, looters and murderers themselves.  So drop it.

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The infuriating thing is that so much can be done.  The dam walls that can be raised in storm conditions to keep the lagoon safe from Adriatic floods have been held up for years by Italian bureaucracy and corruption.  The siphoning off of the city’s ground water tables by mainland industries has not been stopped.  Even something that should be as easy as banning huge cruiseships, which cause waves that eat at buildings’ foundations has not been banned, as far as I know.  The destruction of Venice is not inevitable.
See Guardian article for full-size photos.
A tourist carries her luggage in a Piazza San Marco


The flooded crypt of St Mark’s Basilica


Venetians cross the Piazza San Marco


People walk past a stranded taxi boat on Riva degli Schiavoni
Police patrol across the flooded St. Mark’s square
Employees of the Gritti Palace protect furniture


The flooded San Marco square
A room in the flooded Gritti Palace


A tourist walks near the Rialto bridge



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