Damage from heavy rainfall

15th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 June 2007, DE BILT – There was extremely heavy rainfall throughout the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon and evening. Some places saw as much as 70 litres of water per square metre in a short space of time. Two people were injured during the storm in Hoogeveen, Drenthe.

15 June 2007

DE BILT – There was extremely heavy rainfall throughout the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon and evening. Some places saw as much as 70 litres of water per square metre in a short space of time. Two people were injured during the storm in Hoogeveen, Drenthe.

One of these people suffered minor injuries after a tree fell on his car. Another suffered back injuries after falling from a balcony. A house collapsed in the village of Nieuweroord, just east of Hoogeveen; no one was injured.

Buildings throughout the area suffered roof damage from the heavy rain and strong wind. The KNMI says the damage looks as if the area around Hoogeveen may have been hit by a hurricane.

The fire brigade in Zuid-Holland received more than 250 calls reporting flooded streets, tunnels, houses and cellars. Leiden in particular was very hard hit.

Many people in Leiderdorp, Sassenheim, Voorschoten and Oegstgeest also reported serious damage from the heavy rainfall.

The storm tapered off towards the end of the evening. The second storm front was less severe than had been predicted.

The extreme weather also led to more traffic congestion and accidents, motorists' association the ANWB reported.

Many flights landing at Schiphol were delayed more than an hour. Bad weather in other parts of Europe also added to the delays.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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