Ask the people of York, Bridgnorth, Tewkesbury, etc.
Henry Wong wrote:. . . how in heck can a city flood to dangerous levels??? . . .
That was before my time. In Britain it was called the Great Tide and the bridge at the weir at Mill Lane Cambridge has marks on showing how high the water rose. Cambridge is about 50 miles (80 km) from the sea. The Great Tide was caused by a storm which circled Britain coinciding with a Spring tide. Canvey Island was probably the worst affected part of England; hundreds of people died. They had to take shelter in their lofts because of the height of the water. I suspect many died of the cold rather than drowning because the disaster occurred in January.
Stephan van Hulst wrote:. . . the flooded areas in 1953, during the Watersnoodramp, which triggered the construction of the Delta Works. . . . It killed thousands of people and animals . . .
Thank you. I presume then that the Haringvliet is also salty because all those waterways are connected. I didn't try tasting any of the water.
The Oosterschelde contains salt water. At first they planned on sealing it completely from the sea, but that would have destroyed the existing ecosystem in the delta, so the works are open most of the time to allow the sea in.
Campbell Ritchie wrote:Of course, the Netherlands is really hilly
Stephan van Hulst wrote:Here's a map of the flooded areas in 1953, during the Watersnoodramp, which triggered the construction of the Delta Works.