The water level in the Markermeer is “extremely high” for the first time, reports Rijkswaterstaat. At Edam the water is now 38 centimeters above the NAP. Various measures have been taken in Monnickendam, Volendam and Warder due to high water.
Although the Markermeer is already overflowing its banks, the water board is not panicking. “The dikes are safe. We are not worried about that,” a spokesperson told NU.nl. “But we deploy extra staff to constantly monitor the dikes.”
It has been scaled up to an alarm phase because “quick and ready” teams are needed to take precautions. For example, the water board placed extra sandbags at the dikes around Durgerdam, because the water could hit the dike due to the northeasterly wind.
Rijkswaterstaat deployed dike guards on Marken during the night from Thursday to Friday, because there were concerns about the stability of the dike earlier in the evening.
The current water levels provide an unpredictable picture. “We have it under control, but the situation is worrying and very exceptional,” the spokesperson said. “This water level happens once every hundred years.”
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Municipalities and residents are taking extra measures
The water board continues to monitor the situation together with municipalities and Rijkswaterstaat. “The dikes are safe, but these are exciting times for people living in areas outside the dikes,” the spokesperson said.
Because the water level in the IJsselmeer is also very high, there are no options to drain the water into the Markermeer, Rijkswaterstaat said on Thursday. That is why a lot is discharged to the Wadden Sea, writes NH News.
The water board is responsible for the dikes, the municipalities for the areas around them. Municipalities and residents are also taking extra measures themselves. Sandbags have been placed in Monnickendam and several quays have been closed. In some places the water does come through the sandbags, such as in the harbour.
Wat zijn buitendijkse gebieden?
Buitendijkse gebieden zijn (landbouw)gebieden die aan de rivier- of zeezijde van een dijk liggen. Dat zijn vaak slikgronden, begroeide gebieden of wadden. Aan de rivieren zijn het overstroomgebieden. Maar er staan ook woningen. In Nederland wonen zo’n 100.000 mensen in een buitendijks gebied.
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