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“A public works project to rule them all”

Deltawerken Oosterschelde
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“A public works project to rule them all”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

In the 1950's, the Netherlands suffered a horrendous flood at the culmination of a spring tide and an unusually powerful North Sea storm. The property damage and human cost was terrible - it would make New Orlean's trouble with Hurricane Katrina look childish in comparison. As a result, the government instigated the Delta Works project - a massive 40-year plan to build a series of sea defences to protect the predominantly below sea-level country from ever suffering the same catastrophe again. Successive governments funded the project through completion and the Oosterschelde was one of (if not the) last projects to be completed. The exhibits here walk you through the history of the flood and the consequent construction of the flood defences all over south Holland. The engineering is nothing short of genius and covered all aspects of flood barrier construction, taking into account the effects on nature, how to still allow ships in and out without contaminating the waterways, and many other issues. If you're even mildly interested in engineering, ships, sailing or the sea, you owe it to yourself to go and visit this exhibit. There are plenty of things to keep the kids happy too as well as interactive exhibits. I'm not sure if they're still doing the 'hard hat' tours - I forgot to ask - but I did one a few years ago and it takes you out to one of the flood gates and inside the flood barrier - also well worth the price.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Chris L
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“There's more in the Netherlands than Amsterdam and tulips...”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

The best way to see the Deltaworks is to take a car and drive the semi-highway along the coast between Rotterdam and Vrouwenpolder. You will cross several dams, scenic farmland scenery and lake-side villages. Especially the spot at Neeltje Jans (free parking at the sea-side) is good to stop, as you can walk very near to the dams, and it is an excellent place for photo making, doing a pick-nick or even going to the nearby beach. I brought several people to this place (I am living nearby), and most people find it almost futuristic, at least an engineering marvel.

Visited April 2013
5 Thank Jesse V
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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34 reviews
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“An engineering marvel; pride of Netherlands”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

One of the engineering wonders of the modern world, this massive storm surge barrier protects the low lying lands of Zealand against flooding from the North Sea. Commissioned in 1986.
The area includes water park which is in run down condition; an information center and restaurant; both maintained well. Shows a movie on the construction of the barrier. The museum displays the construction equipment, materials etc.

A walk through the inspection gallery can take you to the top of the pillars; to experience the raging torrents from North Sea from quite proximity.

Visited April 2013
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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
284 reviews
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“An Engineering Marvel”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Way over my head technicaly but amazing to see.

After the floods of 1953, 40 years of planning, led to a complex plan for the damming of 4 major estuaries, and the coordinaton of an extensive network of locks, channels, bridges and gates.
The storm surge barrier, comprised of two huge doors which close off the watr way in timesof extreme weather was amazing.
There is a good movie-that explains the systemand planning.
Well worth seeing despite its technical nature.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Retiredrn365
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Long Beach, California
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250 reviews
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“Dutch Engineering Genius”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a massive storm surge barrier which protects the are from devastating floods while allowing the tides to ebb and flow between the North Sea and the rivers flowing into it. There was a flood in 1953 which destroyed much of this area and killed many people. The government began building this system immediately and completed it by 1961. Caissons are build under three bridges. When the expect a high tide, they simply press a button and in 7 minutes, barriers are lowered to protect the land (which is below sea level). These bridges are 6 km long, and one can walk, bike, or drive a car on the bridges. There are areas to part your car on the sides of the bridges to look at this engineering genius.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Evelina62
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