In February, 1953, time 1400 people were drowned in south-west Holland, when a storm caused severe sea water floods in the ares.
In February, 1953, time 1400 people were drowned in south-west Holland, when a storm caused severe sea water floods in the ares. Recent film shows the large building site made by Dutch engineers in the open sea on which will be constructed,d by 1968, the main sealing-off dam of the Delta project.
The Delta project will protect the thousands of people in this part of Holland whose lives have hitherto been threatened by sea floods. It will also provide, behind the dams, huge freshwater lakes to augment south Holland's water supplies, at present inadequate. The Dutch coastline will be shortened by 435 mile.
The sealing-off dam (shown on film) will close the Haringvliet, one of the four wide, deep arms of the sea thrusting themselves far into south-west Holland and forming also the estuaries of the rivers Maas, Waal and Lek. The other three channels to be sealed off are the Brouwershavensche Gat, the Eastern scheldt and the Veeregat. The Haringvliet dam will be equipped with sluices to allow surplus water from the rivers to be discharged into the sea and with locks for shipping. When completed it will have cost about 30 GBP30 million.
A considerable land area of the Netherlands is the result of extensive efforts to exclude the sea, and with the completion of the Delta project the Dutch will be able to say with added truth "God created the world, the Dutch made Holland".