Flood Control – 02: Flood control in the Netherlands – videos

Editor’s Note:  Flood Control- 02

Guyanese Online will be featuring a number of articles and videos on flood and sea defence management.  The Dutch (Netherlands) are the most experienced in this technology, as three-quarters of their country is below sea level. They built the framework of Guyana’s drainage systems, as colonial rulers from 1581-1781. This is the second of many articles and videos that will be featured:

Flood control in the Netherlands

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Flood control is an important issue for the Netherlands, as about two thirds of its area is vulnerable to flooding, while the country is among the most densely populated on Earth. Natural sand dunes and man-made dikes, dams and floodgates provide defense against storm surges from the sea. River dikes prevent flooding from water flowing into the country by the major rivers Rhine and Meuse, while a complicated system of drainage ditches, canals and pumping stations(historically: windmills) keep the low lying parts dry for habitation and agriculture. Water control boards are the independent local government bodies responsible for maintaining this system.

In modern times, flood disasters coupled with technological development have led to large construction works to reduce the influence of the sea and prevent future floods.  [more]

Dutch Water Defence 1 / 2

Dutch Water Defence 2 / 2

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