Oosterschelde storm surge barrier


Measuring nearly eight kilometres in length, the Oosterscheldekering barrier is a special dam that connects the Zeeland islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland. This part of the Delta Works was built to protect the Zeeland region from the sea after the North Sea Flood in 1953.

Protecting the environment

The Oosterscheldekering storm surge barrier is a unique and internationally acclaimed flood protection project. The original plans called for a closed dam. This led to a lot of objections because the water behind the dam would have lost its salinity and salt water fish and plants would have disappeared.

Moveable barrier

That is why a barrier was designed that could be closed in emergencies. The moveable part is nearly three kilometres long divided over three sluice gate-type openings. Colossal piles support doors that move up and down to open and close the barrier. All in all it is a beautiful example of Dutch hydraulic engineering that is definitely worth a visit.

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