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Venice’s $7 billion flood barriers are a crazy idea that just might work

The Italian city of Venice has spent ten years and over $7 billion trying to keep itself from drowning. Plagued by rising sea levels and a plunging national economy, the City of Water, which sank about 9 inches in the 20th century, has at times seemed guaranteed to become the next Atlantis.

But despite scandal, endless delays and the complications of coordinating the 50 different companies undertaking the massive project, four mobile flood barriers were successfully tested this weekend, AFP reports. It's the first step in what will become a system of 78 barriers, spread over a mile across Venice's three inlets.

They're calling it Moses.

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