0308 – Nijmegen

High tide gives some spectacular views on the city and the surrounding nature:Op sommige stukken staat het pad echter helemaal onder water.

In Nimwegen we are currently faced with high water. Whoever is afraid to get wet feet we can reassure: it does not get that far. This is all going to happen in the coming days.

How bad is it?waal

The denominations (large wooden ‘gate’ at the quay of the river Waal)  in Nimwegen have been closed for the first time in years. De quay will be closed to traffic in the evening of 8 January, also for regional buses Waalwe read on the website of the Gelderlander. Is there a threat or not and how bad is it?

Hoogwater bij de Waalkade, Nijmegen.Highlight on Wednesday

Christol Hollema of Rijkswaterstaat explains how it is. “We expect the water to rise up to and including Wednesday morning. It is estimated that the highest point will be 14.70 meters at Lobith, the place where the Rhine enters the Netherlands. During the year, the water level in the Waal changes between 7 and 14 meters. At this moment the stand is high, but there will be no flooding in Nimwegen.”

The level will drop from Wednesday

The water level in the river Waal is expected toDeze jongen had zijn reddingsboot meegenomen naar het hoge water, omdat hij later op een reddingsboot wil gaan werken. Nu is Star Wars nog zijn grote hobby. fall again from Wednesday. In short: we do not get wet feet in Nimwegen this time. The quay of the river Waal in Nimwegen will be closed between from Monday at 6 pm for all traffic, including buses. The Een woonboot lijkt handig met deze hoge waterstand, maar je moet er wel eerst op zien te komen!expectation is that Tuesday morning the quay of the river Waal will be flooded. The highest water level is expected on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. Buses are diverted during the closure. More information about this is provided by the bus company Breng, according to the municipality of Nijmegen. The water level in the Rhine, Waal, and IJssel is currently stable, but is expected to increase sharply in the weekend. On Monday a new highlight is expected, Met zo'n hoge waterstand heeft dit bruggetje niet zo veel nut meer.from 16 meters above NAP at Lobith. Currently, the water level there is ‘only’ 14 meters 85. The increase in water level is mainly due to the enormous rainfall in large parts of Germany. In the lower catchment area of the Rhine and dilapidated rivers, 40 to 80 liters per square meter will fall in two days. That is the amount that normally falls in a whole Femke schoot in Ewijk dit kiekje van een typisch Hollands landschap.month. Also because the soil here and there is completely saturated, the water will flow into the rivers faster than normal. In addition, there is more than half a meter of snow in the Middle Mountains that will melt quickly as a result of the rain and high temperatures. The expected water height of 16 meters is still 64 centimeters less than Het is zeker niet de eerste keer dat het water in de rivieren zo hoog staat. Nico stuurde ons deze foto van de Waalbrug in de jaren 60.in 1995. On the picture below you can see how immense the flood is: at the utmost left side is the bridge over the Waal. All the land right is flooded; complete polders have disappeared.



New ferry grounded too

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New ferry between Velden and Grubbenvorst (river Meuse): the new ferry is 21 meters long and can accommodate 12 cars. There is a separate strip for cyclists. The maximum load capacity is 50 tons. The maximum vehicle weight is 25 tons. On he picture above you can see the new ferry on the left and the old ferry on the right. This picture is taken 1 week ago. Now the old ferry is not there anymore, and the new one is out of service.

High tide & deer

De ree was een beetje gehavend na de reddingsoperatie, maar maakt het goed.

The high tide brought a young deer in trouble on Sunday afternoon in Ubbergen. The De ree werd na de redding in een isodeken gewikkeld om op te warmen.animal got stuck between the bushes, while the water ran into the polder. The fire brigade eventually managed to save the creature.The volunteer fire brigade has sailed to the deer with a boat to get it out of the bushes. The animal was probably already there for two hours. The deer was a bit battered after the rescue operation, but got well eventually. After the liberation, the firefighters wrapped the deer in an iso sign to warm up. They did so on the advice of the rushed gamekeeper. The latter has taken the animal and set it out in a dry forest.

Hello beaver! As the water level rises 3cm per hour (0,72m per day) lots of animals are in problems. But species you normally hardly see  are now visible:

Een bever vlucht voor het hoogwater.

Also horses and cows have to be transported to safe heavens like higher parts of polders.


Tide too high for ferries

As the water level still rises, it is impossible too get your car on and off the ferry. Therefore several ferry services throughout the country are suspended.

Het veer bij Sambeek vaart nog wel.

High tide

Hoog water in de IJssel bij Kampen.

While the sandbags are piled up in German cities, Dutch water experts keep their heads cool. “We can handle these high water levels,” says the head of flood threat of Rijks-waterstaat and the water boards.

Code yellow is in effect. Not for imminent heavy weather, but because of the risk of flooding in the Netherlands. “This situation occurs once every five years,” says Harold van Waveren, chairman of the National Coordination Commission on the overflow threat of Rijkswaterstaat and the water boards. Van Waveren and his team keep an eye on the water levels from Lelystad.

Code yellow. Do we have to worry?
,,No, we have it under control. The Rhine continues to rise considerably tomorrow and Tuesday. The flood water is coming our way from Germany. There has been a lot of precipitation lately, just like in Switzerland. In Germany, the situation is much more extreme than here.” “In the Netherlands we expect the peak on Tuesday, towards the beginning of the evening. Then 7,500 cubic meters of water per second will flow into our country, the water level will rise to about 14.65 meters NAP. If the water levels exceed 13 meters NAP, code is yellow. Then it is necessary to take measures. Only at 15 meters NAP code turns orange. “

Het hoogwater.

What measures are being taken?
“In the context of “Space for the River”, many projects have been completed over the past five years. Look at the secondary channel near Nimwegen, which is now flowing for the first time. We are really reaping the benefits of widening the rivers right now. The water therefore does not rise too hard. In principle, we can use twice as much water in the Netherlands as we do now: the real test case has yet to come. It is not going to be that bad this week.”

Where are the problems the biggest?
“In the Netherlands it is not that bad, apart from some quays that run over here and there. Farmers must remove their cattle from the floodplains. The consequences for shipping are much more severe. There are substantial obstacles to the ships on the German Rhine. Dutch skippers also suffer from this. Transport by water is a major blow.” “But the high water also causes beautiful things. This is how we see beavers that are coming up. They are looking for a dry place, because their castles are under water. Research shows that biodiversity has increased considerably thanks to Room for the River. This is a sign of that. I am very happy about that. “

Hoogwater zorgt in het Land van Cuijk nauwelijks voor problemen.

0104 – Nijmegen

Weir built on Waalkade Nijmegen (video)


Nothing to worry about though: the water level in the river Waal is not such that it is necessary to place an additional dam on the dock. The Water Board is, however, the placement of such a barrier to practicing this Tuesday.Required by law: once every five years, the aluminum plates from storage in Weurt be persuaded to be put down for casino and restaurants. In 2011 they were last posted: when the water was in January so high that they had to be really put down as a precaution. The exercise was therefore then be omitted. Each year a different part of the one and a half kilometer dam which is put down to the quay available. In this way it is checked whether all the holes are still usable, rubbers between the partitions are still intact, and whether the work can be done within a reasonable time.Passersby see it with interest at. “What time does the high water,” one of them asks jokingly.