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    Holland copes with threat of flood

    By CNN's Richard Quest
    Tuesday, September 13, 2005 Posted: 1054 GMT (1854 HKT)


    The 1953 floods killed 1,800 people in Holland.

    ROTTERDAM, Holland (CNN) -- Flat, surrounded by water, and like New Orleans, largely below sea level, Holland lives with the threat of flooding from the North Sea.

    Holland's equivalent of Katrina happened in 1953 -- a storm surge at high tide destroyed the dykes, killing 1,800 people.

    Huib de Vriend was one of the children rescued, and now is an expert in flood prevention.

    "After the 1953 floods we said 'never again,' but that's an absolute statement of course, so we had to translate that into an acceptable level of safety," he said.

    In Holland that meant raising the flood probability to one in 10,000 years -- by comparison the New Orleans standard was one in 250 years.

    For the Dutch, this new, higher standard, involved large spending for instance on huge new dams across the river estuaries.

    Being prepared meant having control rooms waiting just in case.

    The latest project is a flood barrier system, with swinging gates towering 70 feet into the air.

    This structure is absolutely vast, but then it has to be, because the idea is that the two sides come together in the middle of the river and sink to the bottom. Only then will they be able to protect Rotterdam from the storm surge.

    Professor de Vriend believes the American authorities have to go back to the beginning.

    "Decide politically what sort of level of flood safety you would like to have then derive the design conditions to that level of safety and design a flood protection system to meet those conditions," he said.

    The U.S. Gulf Coast threat is very different from that faced by North Sea, so what has worked in Holland may not be suitable for New Orleans.

    But as one resident told me: "Each Dutchman believes that it's important to spend money on flood control and I don't think they spent that much money in New Orleans lately."

    Everyone agrees though, the principles remain the same.

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    Originally posted by midwestwitch
    If I were to find out it was you would be responsible for a teenage boy losing every ounce of a social life, cell phone, gaming consoles etc until he graduated high school and left for college.

  • #2
    Manuel....if this floodin will ever happen in Rotterdam you can come to my place. I live on the 14th floor,,,,so you'll be safe!!!!
    You mean to tell me, they can find Saddam Hussein in a fuckin' hole
    in Iraq, but you can't tell me who shot Tupac ?!?!?!?!

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    • #3
      Yea its a strange thought that some are predicting that most of holland wont be here anymore in about 20 years because of the rising sealevels. I'm glad that holland offered help to new orleans, its just a shame because the levees should have been taken care of earlier, so this could have been prevented.
      AIM: watch dees81

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      • #4
        shit holland gonna be gone in 20 years, o shit

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        • #5
          ^ bout time ... fucking racist country

          and France can fuck off too

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          • #6
            Originally posted by watch dees
            Yea its a strange thought that some are predicting that most of holland wont be here anymore in about 20 years because of the rising sealevels. I'm glad that holland offered help to new orleans, its just a shame because the levees should have been taken care of earlier, so this could have been prevented.
            This sux... I love Holland

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nasen
              ^ bout time ... fucking racist country
              Holland is not racist, some of the old generation is [very few] ..

              But saying Holland is racist is crazy ..
              Originally posted by midwestwitch
              If I were to find out it was you would be responsible for a teenage boy losing every ounce of a social life, cell phone, gaming consoles etc until he graduated high school and left for college.

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              • #8
                how the fuck did the racism talk start. arm bands are gonna be sellin like hot cakes

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                • #9
                  they dont HATE Muslims


                  but they want em out of the country tho


                  noooooooooooooooooooooo thats not racism

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nasen
                    they dont HATE Muslims


                    but they want em out of the country tho


                    noooooooooooooooooooooo thats not racism
                    So does England!! And were not a racist country!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by vicksy
                      So does England!! And were not a racist country!!

                      lol

                      please

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nasen
                        they dont HATE Muslims


                        but they want em out of the country tho


                        noooooooooooooooooooooo thats not racism
                        They are kicking the extreme moslims out, people who wouldn't mind blowing up buildings, people who form threats .. that's not racism ..

                        How old are you, honestly?
                        Originally posted by midwestwitch
                        If I were to find out it was you would be responsible for a teenage boy losing every ounce of a social life, cell phone, gaming consoles etc until he graduated high school and left for college.

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                        • #13
                          I live in Holland and I don't want the Muslims out of here, we're not a racist country
                          Just look at your own country (if you live in the US) Far more racist over there
                          So just shut up if you don't know what you're talkin about nasen
                          Proof died 04-11-06 and D12 died with him
                          R.I.P. PROOF (1973-2006)

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                          • #14
                            lol a minute ago you had a few green boxes and now they're all red.
                            That's what happens if you fuck with The Derty Nation
                            Proof died 04-11-06 and D12 died with him
                            R.I.P. PROOF (1973-2006)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Joop Gruis
                              I live in Holland and I don't want the Muslims out of here, we're not a racist country
                              Just look at your own country (if you live in the US) Far more racist over there
                              So just shut up if you don't know what you're talkin about nasen
                              He's from Holland, lol ..
                              Originally posted by midwestwitch
                              If I were to find out it was you would be responsible for a teenage boy losing every ounce of a social life, cell phone, gaming consoles etc until he graduated high school and left for college.

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