More dike collapse compensation

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21 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Residents of Wilnis will receive two-thirds payment for the uninsured damages that occurred after a nearby dike collapsed in the summer of 2003. The foundation Wilnis Dike Collapse Disaster Fund has raised EUR 484,000 via club, shop and business campaigns, performances and collections.

21 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — Residents of Wilnis will receive two-thirds payment for the uninsured damages that occurred after a nearby dike collapsed in the summer of 2003.
 
The foundation Wilnis Dike Collapse Disaster Fund has raised EUR 484,000 via club, shop and business campaigns, performances and collections.

About 240 residents have submitted a claim to the disaster fund, totalling EUR 619,370, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported on Monday.

Residents have previously been largely compensated for the flooding via the government's special disaster fund, WTS.

But not all of the damage reported to gardens, sheds, boats, houseboats and homes after the August 2003 dike collapse was covered by the scheme.

Some 27 residents lodged legal action in February this year demanding further compensation. They claimed the local dike board AGV was aware that the dike was at risk of collapse.

An investigative commission previously said the collapse of the peat-based dike was caused by extreme dry weather.

Lawyer Pieter van Regteren said research by Delft Technical University indicated 10 years ago that peat dikes were at risk of collapse during dry weather. AGV maintains it cannot be held accountable for the flooding.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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