Rush on sun holidays as rain comes down in buckets

14th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Travel agencies have reported a rush of bookings for last-minute sun holidays as torrential downpours continued to soaked the Netherlands on Monday.

14 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Travel agencies have reported a rush of bookings for last-minute sun holidays as torrential downpours continued to soaked the Netherlands on Monday.

Large travel agencies reported bookings were 20 to 25 percent up on the same period last year.

Following respite on Sunday, heavy rain again caused problems across the country on Monday. The Fire Brigade received dozens of reports of flooded streets, basements and houses.

A Fire Brigade spokesperson said the worst affected areas were along the coast. Later in the day more reports were received from Leiden, Gouda, Rotterdam and Roelofarendsveen.

Officers of the Fire Brigade were busy all day pumping water from flooded buildings and roadways. Flood water was said to be knee-deep at the Sea Aquarium in Bergen aan Zee. Several hotels in Egmond aan Zee were also flooded.

Heavy rain showers were still falling intermittently in Amsterdam by 5.30pm, though the weather bureau KNMI said the sky would clear somewhat in other areas of the country by early afternoon.

Meanwhile a whirlwind hit IJmuiden on Monday, causing significant damage. It was strong enough to move a 3,000 kilo sea container at least six metres, police said. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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