Coastal defences under close watch

8th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 November 2007, RIJSWIJK – Almost all the dikes along the Dutch coast will be monitored because of the storm expected over the next few days. The monitoring will be in effect from Thursday afternoon already in Zeeland. A spokesperson for the coastal protection service announced this on Thursday. After Zeeland, Noord and Zuid Holland provinces were also advised to keep a close eye on coastal defences.

8 November 2007

RIJSWIJK – Almost all the dikes along the Dutch coast will be monitored because of the storm expected over the next few days. The monitoring will be in effect from Thursday afternoon already in Zeeland. A spokesperson for the coastal protection service announced this on Thursday. After Zeeland, Noord and Zuid Holland provinces were also advised to keep a close eye on coastal defences.

The service is expected to advise Texel, Friesland and Groningen on the dikes Thursday evening. It is still uncertain however whether the water in these areas will reach the critical limit at which monitoring is put into effect. This limit varies from area to area.

If the water rises above this limit, the water defence services conduct patrols along the dikes and check for damage.

The spokesperson says that January 1976 was the last time that all coastal areas in the Netherlands were under guard. The storm expected to approach from the North Sea will cause high water along the coast late Thursday, early Friday.

Rederij Doeksen has cancelled a large number of its ferry departures for Vlieland and Terschelling because of the approaching storm.

A spokesperson for meteorological institute KNMI says the Netherlands will have some stormy days this weekend, but nothing unusual for the season. "It is not an extreme storm, just an average autumn storm. Throughout the country there will be wind gusts of about 100 km per hour. But that is not extreme. "

The KNMI does not expect to issue any weather alert this weekend. "I don't think we'll need anything more serious than weather warnings," the spokesperson said.

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