Vlissingen gets month's worth of rain
4 July 2005AMSTERDAM — Heavy rainfall over Sunday night and into Monday morning has resulted in flooding in the west of the Netherlands.
4 July 2005
AMSTERDAM — Heavy rainfall over Sunday night and into Monday morning has resulted in flooding in the west of the Netherlands.
The port of Vlissingen in Zeeland took the brunt. Weather service KNMI said 56 millimetres of rain fell during the night, equal to the average that falls in a month.
The police received dozens of reports of flooding and the fire service was called out to pump water from several homes. By 3.30am most of the problems were sorted out.
The KNMI estimated there was an average of 30 millimetres of rain in the west of the Netherlands. Zeeland was the worst hit province as a deluge of 46 millimetres was reported in Goes and the 56 millimetres in Vlissingen.
Rotterdam in Zuid Holland had 33 millimetres of rain, while Schiphol Airport in Noord Holland had 39 millimetres.
The heavy downpours had not resulted in more accidents on Dutch roads by early on Monday morning but flooding caused delays on the A15 near Rotterdam and elsewhere.
Traffic jams totalling 235 kilometres were reported in the west by 8am.
The rain also caused delays at Schiphol as the usual number of 70 landings an hour was cut to about 40, a spokesperson for the airport said. The delays have mainly hit European flights.
Departures are also being delayed and the spokesperson said the problems could last all Monday morning.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news