Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Half a Million Planned Homes Risk Flooding

About half a million planned homes would be in danger of flooding if dikes were to break. This is the finding of a rapid stock taking by the Dutch Institute for Urban Planning and Housing (NIROV). If the dikes break, water could rise up to seven meters. NIROV says that 40% of all new planned housing is in areas which are at high risk for flooding. It has expressed its concern that, during the planning stage, no thought is given to the protection of these homes. www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/1927814/__Half_miljoen_woningen_kan_onderlopen__.html

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