Residents of Visserseiland in Hoorn are preparing for even higher water in the Markermeer. The water level will rise further due to additional supply from the rivers. In addition, strong winds can push up the water in the direction of Hoorn.
Resident Marco Collette started building a dam in his garage on Saturday morning. The wooden construction is approximately 30 centimeters high.
The dam must prevent water from flowing into his living room. This is located next to the garage and is approximately one meter below street level. “Now I just have to glue everything down when the water really comes,” says Collette, who actually hopes that it doesn’t come to that.
Ingrid Maas, Collette’s wife, is a bit concerned. “A neighbor is not happy about it and neither am I.” She has prepared herself for the water to come anyway. “My entire living room has been emptied and we just hope that Marco’s dam will hold.”
Let’s hope Marco’s dam holds up
The Visserseiland is an artificial peninsula in the city center of Hoorn that is slightly lower than the rest of the city. There have been large bags of sand for days to hold back the water.
The municipality inspects the area daily. “They visited this morning, they will look again this afternoon and then again at the end of the evening,” a municipal spokesperson said on Saturday.
The municipal spokesperson keeps in touch with Maas. “If we have updates, I send them to Ingrid Maas and she forwards them to all other residents,” says the spokesperson. Maas is happy that the municipality is thinking along and cooperating so well. “With all the misery, it is good that the contact is satisfactory,” she says.
Peak is expected on Sunday morning
The Hollands Noorderkwartier Water Board expects “an average level on the Markermeer of 32 centimeters above NAP” on Sunday.
The highest water level is expected at Durgerdam. There, the water board thinks that the water reaches 45 centimeters above NAP.
Rijkswaterstaat expects that the situation in the Netherlands will generally improve. The water level will rise even further in some places. After that peak, the water still has to leave the country. This may cause local nuisance, but according to Rijkswaterstaat, water safety is not in danger. “The entire system can handle it,” a spokesperson said Saturday morning against NU.nl.
The prospects are favorable. Little rain is expected and water can be drained from the IJsselmeer. “The Markermeer is only possible if the water in the IJsselmeer is lower.”
That is why the situation for the residents of Hoorn may remain tense for a while.
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