Saturday, October 31, 2009

Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier

Last week we went to see the Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier. It was a mighty impressive sight! We never imagined it to be so enormously big. Beneath you see just part of one of the large steel gates. There are two arms that can close the waterway when a storm surge is expected. The pictures above show the view through the barrier. The waterway it can close is the main route to the port of Rotterdam. In the information centre there was a scale model showing both arms of the waterway and the way they work. In the first picture you see both arms slowly moving to each other and in the second picture the waterway is closed by the barrier.
Another look through the barrier and we see the little ferry approaching.

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