800 Evacuated in Netherlands Dyke Leak

Failure could be catastrophic

Jan 6, 2012
Outside Magazine

Dutch authorities on Friday evacuated 800 people from a northern province in the Netherlands after heavy rains caused a dyke to leak. The evacuations, which are not yet mandatory, cover four villages in Groningen. Officials said that a breach is unlikely but could flood "hundreds of acres of land." Residents and soldiers have stacked sandbags along a portion of the dyke, and the military is using an infrared camera-equipped jet to keep tabs on the wall's strength.

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