Dyke near nuclear plant vulnerable
At present, the dyke near the Dutch nuclear power plant in Borssele would not be able to withstand an exceptionally big storm.
Dutch dykes are expected to be able to survive intact a storm of a magnitude likely to occur only once every 4,000 years, a widely accepted standard for the strength of dykes.
Local Dyke Warden Toine Poppelaars has confirmed reports saying that a storm of this strength would seriously damage the Borssele dyke if it happened today.
On Wednesday, the infrastructure ministry decided that the dyke near Borssele would be reinforced to withstand a storm of a magnitude which occurs only once every 10,000 years, stronger than any other dyke in the province of Zeeland.
Reinforcing the Borssele dyke - which is 800 metres long - will cost about 1.2 million euros. Construction work will start in the summer of 2012.
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