The Netherlands is waterproof, are you?

22 October 2018 - Published by Edward Sterenborg
"This beautiful exhibition helps people to think actively whether they are well prepared for flooding and what they can contribute to water safety in their own environment!" This was the first reaction of deputy Rik Janssen at the unveiling of the new pavilion of the province in the Keringhuis exhibition. The Keringhuis is the public center for water next to the Maeslantkering and is the information center on flood protection in South Holland.

The deputy unveiled the pavilion on Saturday 15 September during the annual trial closure of the Maeslantkering in the presence of directors and many experts in the field of flood risk management. The exhibition focuses on the multi-layer flood risk management. By answering a number of statements, the visitor discovers to what extent he is 'waterproof',



In the case of multi-layer flood risk management, not only the prevention, but also the protection of the Netherlands against the water is due to the construction and proper monitoring of our dykes. Spatial planning is also important, where, for example, additional capacity can be created in the event of flooding due to the construction of water storage facilities.


Crisis management and recovery

Besides prevention, it is also important that we are well prepared with each other if it unexpectedly went wrong and an area would flood. Finally, the aim is to ensure that the recovery of an area after a flood is also rapid, and that electricity, fresh drinking water, etc. are available again. Janssen: "For multilevel flood risk management to be effective, all stakeholders must be well involved and willing to take action themselves. Governments do a lot, but the consequences of flooding affect society and private parties."