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Young Venetians volunteer after flood of their lifetimes

Music books are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. High ...
Volunteers try to save ancient music sheets by placing them to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after recovering them from ground floor, ...
Music books are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. High ...
Volunteers try to save ancient music books by placing them to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after recovering them from ground floor, I...
Giulio Manieri Elia, Director of the Accademia Gallery stands in one of the rooms of the gallery during an interview with the Associated Press, in Ven...
Damaged books are piled outside renowned bookstore "Acqua Alta" (High Water) as volunteers help cleaning after flooding in Venice, Italy, Saturday, No...
Giulio Manieri Elia, Director of the Accademia Gallery points the level reached by the water at the base of plaster cast sculpture 'Paride' by Antonio...
A wet mark at the base of the wall shows the level the water reached next to the base of the plaster cast sculpture 'Paride' by Antonio Canova, at the...
Ancient music sheets are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 20...
Ancient music sheets are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 20...
Volunteers try to save ancient music books by placing them to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after recovering them from ground floor, I...
Water starts rising again in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. High tidal waters returned to Venice on Saturday, four days after the city experi...

Music books are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. High ...

Volunteers try to save ancient music sheets by placing them to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after recovering them from ground floor, ...

Music books are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. High ...

Volunteers try to save ancient music books by placing them to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after recovering them from ground floor, I...

Giulio Manieri Elia, Director of the Accademia Gallery stands in one of the rooms of the gallery during an interview with the Associated Press, in Ven...

Damaged books are piled outside renowned bookstore "Acqua Alta" (High Water) as volunteers help cleaning after flooding in Venice, Italy, Saturday, No...

Giulio Manieri Elia, Director of the Accademia Gallery points the level reached by the water at the base of plaster cast sculpture 'Paride' by Antonio...

A wet mark at the base of the wall shows the level the water reached next to the base of the plaster cast sculpture 'Paride' by Antonio Canova, at the...

Ancient music sheets are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 20...

Ancient music sheets are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 20...

Volunteers try to save ancient music books by placing them to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after recovering them from ground floor, I...

Water starts rising again in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. High tidal waters returned to Venice on Saturday, four days after the city experi...

VENICE, Italy (AP) — As soon as waters receded from this week’s devastating flood, about 50 young Venetians wearing rubber boots and gripped by a sense of determination showed up at the city’s Music Conservatory to help save precious manuscripts.

Thanks to their work, some 50 linear meters of archival manuscripts lay strewn in the conservatory’s upper floors to dry this weekend.

A network of young Venetians responded to the worst flood in their lifetimes by organizing work groups to help salvage what they could.

Modeling their network after the so-called “Mud Angels” who famously poured into Florence after the 1966 flood swamped that city’s treasures with mud from the Arno, these youth are calling themselves “Angels of the Salt,” for the corrosive, destructive saline content of the lagoon water.


Updated : 2021-10-23 10:10 GMT+08:00