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A complex flood protection system is to protect Venice from rising tides. The dam system with 78 movable protective walls at the entrances to the lagoon, which was only put into operation in autumn, failed immediately and led to flooding in the Italian city. The flood in central St. Mark’s Square rose to a level of 1.37 meters above sea
level and also penetrated St. Mark’s Basilica. Venice regularly suffers from flooding, and due to the rising sea level, the “Acqua alta” is now a real threat to the city, which is popular with tourists. In November of last year, a record high water level of 1.87 meters was measured — the last time the level was that high in 1966.