• Short Summary

    Dutch acting-Minister of Traffic and Waterways, Herr Witte, pressed a button, October 22, lowered a 620-ton floodgate on the Hollandse Yssel river, near Rottderdam, and put at rest the minds of ten million of his countrymen.

  • Description

    Dutch acting-Minister of Traffic and Waterways, Herr Witte, pressed a button, October 22, lowered a 620-ton floodgate on the Hollandse Yssel river, near Rottderdam, and put at rest the minds of ten million of his countrymen.

    The floodgate is the sequel to one of Holland's worst disasters in memory- flooding in February, 1953 when spring tides and heavy gales smashed the dikes. Flood waters rushed into the country. About 1,500 Dutchmen lost their lives.

    The Government said it must not happen again.

    Their answer: The 80-meter long floodgate on film. Suspended between twolifting towers, it can be quickly lowered in heavy weather.

    Engineers from many countries, including Japan, United States and Russia, were on the spot to inspect the complex mechanism which operates the gate.

    Just to make sure, the Government is building a second gate - just in case the first one fails. After the 1953 disaster they are taking no chances.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1HPJPK5IT7GDUM8UTTWCRJYOH
    Media URN:
    VLVA1HPJPK5IT7GDUM8UTTWCRJYOH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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