Embassy of the Netherlands in the Czech Republic

COMMEMORATING WATERSNOODRAMP / NORTH SEA FLOOD 1953
Today, 1 February, it is exactly 70 years ago that the flood disaster took place. The 1953 North Sea flood was a major flood caused by a heavy storm surge that struck the Netherlands, north-west Belgium, England and Scotland. Most sea defenses facing the surge were overwhelmed, resulting in extensive flooding. Large parts of Zeeland, South Holland and North Brabant were flooded. 1836 people and tens of thousands of animals did not survive the natural disaster. Many houses, other buildings and possessions were destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Realizing that such infrequent events could reoccur, the Netherlands and the UK carried out large studies on strengthening of coastal defenses. The Netherlands developed the Delta Works, an extensive system of dams and storm surge barriers. More at Delta Works – Holland.com
Due to climate change, the battle against water will intensify in the coming decades. And not only in the coastal areas.

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