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Flood management Dutch style:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/storm-water-management-dutch-solution-henk-ovink-hurricane-florence-damage-60-minutes/


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Co-ordinated planning spanning many many years, results in effective protection from storm surges in the southern North Sea.  
Anyone who has ever been along and seen sections of the Delta Works https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Works  can't help but admire the way the Dutch have achieved this feat. This, only one hundred miles away, yet here we see very little in the way of serious long term planning particularly with respect to the Broads.  OK there is the Thames Barrier............a mere toy compared to the massive engineering over in Holland,  but apart from that and a few smaller schemes we see no serious investment in the long term protection of our coast and estuaries.  The dutch long ago realised that simply building the many miles of smaller flood defences needed was the wrong choice and opted instead to construct much larger but shorter outer defences. All of which were originally conceived as dams but modified in the case of the Oosterschelde to maintain the area as tidal salt water. This with the construction of a series of three barriers spanning the once 15 mile wide estuary. If you ever get the chance have a drive along it.  Here we have spent a lot of money on the flood alleviation plan and the ongoing flood wall protection at GY, one wonders if money might have been better spent on a flood barrier at GY and Lowestoft.


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