The electromechanical barrier system (MOSE) installed in the Venice lagoon was not put into effect yesterday, due to the meteorological institution’s prediction that the water will rise by 125 centimeters. An important part of the city, including San Marco, was flooded as the water level rose more than expected due to the wind.
The MOSE system was activated in the morning hours due to the warning of meteorology that rainfall and water levels are expected to reach 140 centimeters by Thursday morning by Friday.
COST EXCEEDED 5.5 BILLION EURO
It is stated that the cost of MOSE, which was built to protect the city of Venice and its lagoon from 3-meter tides as well as water that could rise 60 centimeters in 100 years, exceeds 5.5 billion euros.
MOSE, known as the “endless project” because it has been under construction for years, was once again on the agenda during the flood disaster in Venice in November 2019.
After heavy rains in November, the water level reached the “second highest level” with 187 centimeters since 1966, and MOSE, which could not be commissioned because its construction was not completed, was a subject of public debate.
The MOSE system, which was started to be built in 2003 and is still in the testing phase, became a matter of debate when the waters rise to 130 centimeters and the historical city is once again flooded. The electromechanical barrier system, which is expected to be completed and officially opened on December 31, 2021, cost approximately 5.5 billion Euros.
Venice will no longer be inundated!