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The whole life of Venice from its foundation is subject to the dictates of the sea. Even the first settlers, who fled here from the 5th century invasion of the Huns and the Lombards, and settling 'the sea like birds' homes, "scattered like the Cyclades, on water surface ', once and for all entrusted their fate and the land of sea elements. Sea fed, protected and led to fame. But the rights of the owner often peered into the houses of Venetians, spreading the marble floors of the lower floors. Aqua alta or 'High water' has long been customary for the Queen of the Adriatic sea tribute: each year the city is more than 80 flood. Their reason – the tides and strong winds, "Sirocco", which in the words of the poet 'channel fills, as a bath with the top '. From historical documents we know that the phenomenon of 'high water' in Venice has always existed, as there are various ways to deal with it.
In 1501, when doge Agostino Barbarigo, the council of ten, ran the city, ruled that anyone who "dares to somehow damage the public dam, lay underground pipe to divert water, or against the plan to deepen and expand the channels … cut off his right hand, pull up his left eye and confiscate all property. " Nowadays, the Italian authorities are not so strong. After the most devastating floods in 1966, when the water level in the city rose by almost two meters above normal, and a homeless remaining 5,000 residents, it was decided to build a protective dam. However, this project is still not implemented until the end, and Venice continued the good half of the year live in extreme conditions. Tourists flood – free ride, a chance to see and enjoy the revelry of the element of the surreal paintings flooded the city, for residents who are accustomed to live in Aqua alta – a phenomenon almost everyday.
The system of emergency walkways for pedestrians, established in this case, virtually no restriction on their movement, and high rubber boots, long occupied pride of place next to the Venetian slippers. The threat of severe flooding alerts sirens, and then at the disposal of human remains for about two hours to remove furniture and belongings. Leaving their limits, the water floods the few areas and embankments of the city, finally erasing the boundary between sea and land and Venice giving resemblance to a sinking ship. But after 5-6 hours of rush ends and the sea retreated, settling at 169 large and small channels.