Water boards warned to check dikes

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21 July 2006, AMSTERDAM – The Dutch Union of Water Boards on Friday issued a warning that the hot, dry weather of the last weeks could damage many of the country’s dikes.

21 July 2006

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch Union of Water Boards on Friday issued a warning that the hot, dry weather of the last weeks could damage many of the country’s dikes.

The Union warned all district water boards in the country in a letter to run extra checks on the dikes, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

During the hot summer of 2003 many dikes dried out. Dikes in Wilnis and Rotterdam even broke through and dikes in fifty places around the country were shown to have changed shape and become unstable as a result of the long dry period.

In its letter to the district water boards, the Union referred to a report by the Foundation for Applied Research on Water Control (Stowa) in which a number of points to be checked were listed. Stowa has compiled a scenario for research into dealing with drought-sensitive dikes on the basis of the experience of 2003.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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