Dutch term – Overstroming

An overstroming is a flood or inundation. A large part of the Netherlands is below sea level, protected by dikes. If dikes aren’t high enough or get oversaturated, the land protected by the dikes can flood.

The last big flood was in 1953, when 1836 people died when large parts of Zeeland and Noord-Brabant flooded.

windmill surrounded by water

Flooding in 1926. Credits: Spaarnestad Photo, Flickr the Commons (no known copyrights)

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