Heavy downpours across the Netherlands
Torrential rains caused havoc on the Dutch roads Thursday morning.
A weatherman at public broadcaster NOS said almost all of August's rain fell in the course of this morning. Several tunnels, underpasses and roads in the city of The Hague flooded and became impassable. Police in The Hague advised the public to stay indoors while the heavy showers passed.
Public transport in Amsterdam was also affected, but returned to normal around noon. Hundreds of basements in the west of the country were flooded. A school in the central town of Nunspeet had to be evacuated when classrooms were inundated.
Water levels are slowly falling as the overburdened drains are channeling the excess water away and the situation on the roads is returning to normal. At one point there were traffic jams totalling 300 kilometres.
In the afternoon, the rain moved away to the northeast, but meteorologists are warning that a second zone of heavy rainfall is approaching the Netherlands from the southwest. This will move across the country in a northwesterly direction in the evening.
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