NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 02:47
Water board Rivierenland expects drier weather for today than yesterday, but meanwhile let the pumping stations run at full speed. The extra pumps that have been installed at ‘bottlenecks’ along the Linge will also remain on for the time being.
Due to the large amounts of rain of the past few days, the west of the river area in particular had to deal with flooding. The water board reported yesterday that less rain had fallen than predicted, but there was still flooding in a number of places, for example in the Alblasserwaard.
Yesterday, streets and fields were flooded in some places, and basements, barns and homes were flooded. Due to the persistent rain, two lanes on the A20 near Rotterdam-Crooswijk were also temporarily closed.
Maas outside banks
The Rivierenland water board does not foresee any major high water problems for later today, but it will remain wet in the Alblasserwaard. The Meuse is expected to overflow its banks in a number of places. The Limburg Water Board is keeping a close eye on the situation at the Geul.
On Friday, Rijkswaterstaat already said that the discharge of the Maas at Sint Pieter (under Maastricht) would reach its highest point this weekend. The water level will drop again on Tuesday.
The high water level in the rivers was caused by the enormous rainfall this month. So far, 91 millimeters of rain has fallen in January, while an average of 71 millimeters falls in the entire month of January.
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