Oosterschelde storm surge barrier
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.
A look behind the scenes
An imposing view of the flood barrier can be seen from the former Neeltje Jans work-island, which was constructed especially for the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier project. Want to take a closer look at the floodgates? Then be sure to pay a visit to Deltapark Neeltje Jans. Next to learning all about the Delta Works project, it is also a water park with fun attractions for the whole family.
That is why a barrier was designed that could be closed in emergencies. The moveable part is nearly nine 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.