The recent aqua alta, as regular flooding in Venice is known, has heavily damaged St. Mark’s Basilica and the iconic square on which it stands, as well as other churches and several palaces.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro blamed climate change.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called the flooding a blow to the heart of Italy.
Local residents are upset that a hugely-expensive Mose flood barrier, which was begun in 2003, is still not complete.
Can the flood control project be finished in time to save one of Italy’s greatest treasures?