How can a flood occur and what can we do about it?
A flood can have several causes. A flood comes from the sea, a lake or a river. This water comes in places where water normally does not end up. At high water levels and extremities one speaks of a disaster, but with little water one speaks of flooding. In the Netherlands, floods are mainly caused by the sea and rivers. Along rivers we regularly see a dyke breaking or flooding. This happens because a lot of precipitation falls in the upstream areas, which ends up in the rivers, which in turn can lead to flooding or flooding.
Heavy rainfall in higher-lying areas regularly causes problems and often a lot of damage in the lower-lying area.
Heavy rain and extremities in precipitation patterns have caused a lot of inconvenience since the end of the 20th century. What we see during extreme rainfall is that the sewers become overflowing and can no longer cope with the work. The sewers are overflowing and in some cases overflow. This creates rivers in the streets that regularly enter the gardens and houses. In the past, a lot of water was used to keep the water out as much as possible. Nowadays, new innovative solutions have been devised to keep the water out.
What can we do to ensure that the water does not disappear into the sewers in one go? Local projects are being started to buffer the water in the so-called water squares. This can be underground but it is also decided, for example, to deepen a public playground, park or piece of lawn at crucial locations. The excess water is then collected in these (pits).
Waterlogging solutions The Netherlands are countless and innovative. What can you do as a private person? Think tiles look more green. this allows the rainwater to run into the ground and not into the sewers. Use of (smart) rain barrels, water collection on roofs and underground collection are also common issues that you can do as a private individual.
Before we have a solution (if it comes at all), flooding remains a fact. Protecting yourself with sandbags is old-fashioned and very cumbersome. Look for this on our HOMEBARRIER flood barrier page
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