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Watersnood. Watersnood. Watersnood. “Watersnood”. -. WATER. Dutch. S NOOD. -. English. WATER. DISASTER. FLOOD. (the) Netherlands. -. NETHER. LANDS. LOWER. The Low Countries. Historical term. Modern times: B elgium Netherlands Luxembourg p arts of northern France

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“Watersnood”

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WATER

Dutch

SNOOD

-

English

WATER

DISASTER

FLOOD

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(the) Netherlands

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NETHER

LANDS

LOWER

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The Low Countries

Historical term

  • Modern times:
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • Luxembourg
  • parts of northern France
  • westernGermany
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Geography: Some Facts

  • Area:
  • Total:41,526 km2
  • Land:33,883 km2 – more than 50% < 1 m
  • Water:7,643 km2
  • Coastline:
  • 451 km

Highest

Point

322.7 m

Lowest

Point

- 7 m

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Flooding History

Vulnerable areas

During bad weather (storms)

830 - 1953: More than 25 major floods

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31 January - 1 February 1953

  • Major flood caused by a heavy storm
  • Netherlands, Belgium, England, Scotland
  • Tidal surge of 5.6 m

Netherlands:

1836 dead

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Dutch Response

  • The Delta Works project
  • 50 years of contruction
  • Completed in 1997
  • Goal: FLOOD CONTROL
  • Using Sea Defenses
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Dams / Surge Barriers

Brouwers dam

Surge Barrier