NOS News•Today, 10:27
In Valkenburg, contractors have started repairing the quay walls. They were heavily damaged by the floods in Limburg last July.
The walls had already been provisionally repaired, but now they are being permanently restored. Building the walls will take about six months. “The first part along the Geul must be ready before Christmas, the walls along the Molentak will follow at the beginning of January,” said Chrit Wolfhagen of Waterschap Limburg in the NOS Radio 1 Journaal.
The damage to the walls and bridges is extensive. More than 2,000 homes were also damaged, leaving hundreds of people homeless. The affected area was declared a disaster area, which meant that victims could be helped more quickly. There was also a national fundraiser to raise money. The damage in Valkenburg is estimated at 400 million euros.
“It is quite a task to repair the damage to the quay walls,” says Wolfhagen. “In addition, it takes a long time before all permits are completed.” Many protected plants grow along and in the Geul and must be handled with care.