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September 19, 2013
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Canals running dry at Venetian on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS — It’s not often you can use the term “dry” to describe a Las Vegas landmark. But, tourists hoping to cruise down the Venetian hotel-casino’s indoor canals are finding them tapped out.

The canals were emptied earlier this month for a once-every-14-years resurfacing. They are expected to reopen in October.

On Thursday, Italian muzak echoed off of cement mixers and construction tools were strewn around the bottoms of the waterways that meander through the Venetian’s shopping mall.

Tourists leaned over the ornate stone and iron railings, surprised to find the hotel’s most famous landmark running dry.

British honeymooners Will and Ann Marie Husbands had booked the hotel in part because of its ersatz waterways. They were debating whether they could brave the 100-degree weather to take their planned gondola ride on the outdoor canal, which is still flowing.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Sep 19, 2013 11:55AM Published Sep 19, 2013 11:55AM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.