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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta November 13, 1974 Living it up Sarah Pierce, 86, who used to live on welfare, is served a filet mignon by bellboy Ken Littlefield in her suite at a Salt Lake City hotel. She was given her residence in the 13-storey hotel and meals for life in return for allowing the hotel to build a parking lot where her one-storey house with leaky plumbing once stood Rubber tubes may save Venice from high seas VENICE (Reuter) An Italian consortium nas suggested that three huge, water-filled rubber tubes are the to save Venice from nigh seas which every year flood houses, streets and beautiful historic buildings The three tube-dams, made of polyester covered in water- proof rubber, would be able to block the Lido. Chioggia and Malamocco channels through which water enters the Venice lagoon present this water flows in unchecked and when there are heriv, seas the beautiful St Mark Square, most fa- mous landmark in the city is often knee-deep in water The homes of the lagoon city's in- habitant? are affected by flood 20 or 30 days a year The three darns, proposed a consortium of Pirelli, the Italian rubber giant, and Fur- lanis, an Italian construction firm, would be emptied dur- ing normal seas and would he donnant on the bottom of the When high seas arose, c mid be quickly pumped full of water to provide an ef- fectr.e barrier Consortium engineers say a conventional concrete and MCC-! darn would deface the beauty of Venice. interfere with shipping De exoens-ive per- important of wouH the lagoon's deli- ecological balance flooding is becoming problem cv- ar hoqlf1! a'jlhor.ties MC.I perform a e iun'-non They en- >iir" that the water in Ve- hundreds of canals is ha need frequently and that u'-' of portion dTf' taken to seven feet in diameter, driven 40 to 50 feet into the sea bed Pirelli says that tests so far show that there is negligible movement of the dams along the sea bed even vhen deflated and that they do not rise up from the bottom in a way which would affect shipp- ing when hit by strong currents when hit by strong currents. The tests also show that the flexible dams mould them- selves to the sea bottom, even if it is uneven, and there is lit- tle seepage of water under- neath The flexibility of the dams also means they can absorb the force of heavy seas and currents instead of rigidly re- pelling them like a concrete dam If a conventional dam is subjected to greater forces than it is built for it will buckle and collapse. Pirelli engineer Bruno Borca said he believes the dam was so flexible and able to absorb force that it would not be punctured by a rifle bullet A system of meteorological stations around the north- eastern Adriatic Sea gives Ve- nice a six-hour warning of high waters This early warning system could be linked to the dams by a computer which would automatically activate tur- bine pumps at each end so that (he tubes are filled with suf- ficient water to raise the (iams to 'hf> npht height to reMM 'he >fd Pirelli's engineers Venice dams would last at 20 years and then could be renewed at 30 per of the vlib rav.? falls short i] .'rv rti.ro Vrniru would jno a