Timelapse of the 1953 great Dutch flood

Today, February 1st, the Dutch look back on the great flood of 1953, which took the lives of more than 1,800 people. Olivier Hoes (water management researcher) made this impressive time-lapse, showing the way the water spread during the first two days of the Watersnoodramp.

This disaster led to the construction of the Delta Works, a collection of dams, sluices, and storm surge barriers meant to shorten the Dutch coastline, thus reducing the number of dikes that had to be raised. For an impression of the current Delft research taking place there, check out the article The turbulent waters of the Eastern Scheldt.