Netherlands escapes storm chaos
9 February 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Stormy weather during the weekend did not cause major problems across the Netherlands, but road, air, sea and rail transport encountered difficulties and the Oosterscheldekering dam in Zeeland was closed in anticipation of high water.
9 February 2004
AMSTERDAM — Stormy weather during the weekend did not cause major problems across the Netherlands, but road, air, sea and rail transport encountered difficulties and the Oosterscheldekering dam in Zeeland was closed in anticipation of high water.
The valves of the Zeeland dam were closed on Sunday afternoon after a water level of 3m above the New Amsterdam level (NAP) was recorded at about 3pm. The water level subsided thereafter, news agency ANP reported.
The 9km roadway dam was built in 1986 and can be closed in times of high water so that the water level does not breach the Oosterschelder sea inlet.
Meanwhile, passengers experienced long delays at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam due to strong winds. One to two runways were closed throughout the day and between 5.15pm and about 6pm, only one of the airport's three runways was open for both landings and take-offs.
Just 22 arrival and 22 take-off flights were possible per hour throughout much of Sunday, compared with a combined 100 flights during favourable conditions. Delay times extended to about two hours.
The stormy weather blew in on Saturday night. Hail storms, thunder and lightning were reported in various places across the country on Saturday night and Sunday and as a north westerly storm moved across the country, wet snow briefly covering north-eastern regions of the country. The storm reached The Zeeland islands at about 4pm on Sunday.
Three people were injured in an accident at Elst on the A325 between Arnhem and Nijmegen on Sunday morning as four vehicles slipped from the road when a hail storm hit the region. Authorities closed the road for several hours and reopened it about 10.30am.
A large number of motorists reported problems on the A1 motorway between Deventer and Heneglo due to a sudden hail storm. No injuries and only minor vehicle damages were reported.
Problems were also reported with public transport travel as a train collided with a fallen tree between Geleen Oost and Spaubeek. Both the train and overhead cables were damage and rail transport between Sittard and Nuth was cancelled for several hours.
A Stena Line ferry boat collided with the wharf at Hoek van Holland due to strong winds on Sunday night. The wharf was damaged, leading to delays.
[© Novum Nieuws 2004]
Subject: Dutch news