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photoblog image ...Water Friday

...Water Friday

 

On the 1st of August 2018 I took a 59 km (36.6 miles)  bikeride. My goal was to go over the Gorinchem Merwede Bridge (south), go east to Zaltbommel, cross the bridge (see picture) towards north and go home, west.....

 

 

photoblog image Gorinchem Zaltbommel.jpg

 

Along the road I took some pictures, (shown this week) and today I show some pictiures "how high" the water was in Zaltbommel in 1995 and people had to leave the city. The water came 16 meter, 48 feet above "NAP". Amsterdam Ordance Datum.

 

In the Netherlands a total of 250.000 people fled for the high water caused by extreme rainfall in Belgium and France, our rivers could not handle all the water and 31st of January 1995 is the date that many will remember. 

In Gorinchem a lot of people are still looking for their furnuture, stacked in big sea containers which were brought to...????? they forgot to make note of where they went.....but then, lives are more important than furnuture.

 

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photoblog image DSC_2921SC.jpg

 

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Yep....THAT high.....

...Water Friday

 

On the 1st of August 2018 I took a 59 km (36.6 miles)  bikeride. My goal was to go over the Gorinchem Merwede Bridge (south), go east to Zaltbommel, cross the bridge (see picture) towards north and go home, west.....

 

 

photoblog image Gorinchem Zaltbommel.jpg

 

Along the road I took some pictures, (shown this week) and today I show some pictiures "how high" the water was in Zaltbommel in 1995 and people had to leave the city. The water came 16 meter, 48 feet above "NAP". Amsterdam Ordance Datum.

 

In the Netherlands a total of 250.000 people fled for the high water caused by extreme rainfall in Belgium and France, our rivers could not handle all the water and 31st of January 1995 is the date that many will remember. 

In Gorinchem a lot of people are still looking for their furnuture, stacked in big sea containers which were brought to...????? they forgot to make note of where they went.....but then, lives are more important than furnuture.

 

photoblog image DSC_2923SC.jpg

 

photoblog image DSC_2921SC.jpg

 

photoblog image DSC_2926.JPG

 

Yep....THAT high.....

comments (18)

It looks an interesting ride Astrid.
Picturit: It is, Frank. I saw a lot of things and fulfilled a wish too, all in one day wink.
Astrid.
Hooray for you!
What an amazing trip you took. The statues showing the height of the water are terrific.
Picturit: Thank you, Elizabeth. More trips to follow (I hope) Those statues are really big, too bad I could not give scale to it, I should have put my bike against the last one.... my bike could fit under his hand.
Astrid.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 10 Aug 2018, 03:54
Very interesting. I esp love bridges.
Picturit: Thank you, Bonnie, I love riding bridges and look at the boots that pass and feel the movement of the bridge by the cars.
Astrid.
It's hard to believe one year can have waaaaaay too much water and another way too little. (sigh) I love the statues showing the water level. I'd like to see them one day! smile
Picturit: In the Netherlands it is always "Hollen of stilstaan" "Running or standing still"... never an in between solution, Ginnie.
One day I will take you there with the car.
Astrid.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 Aug 2018, 06:34
Well it's definitely a perilous life living in the Netherlands Astrid. You take it all for granted but living a lot of your life below sea level is slightly disconcerting to someone like me who lives on a hill
Picturit: HA... yes I know what you mean, when I lived in Hilversum that is above sea level, now we talk different business, we even pay tax "to keep our feet dry" which I am more than happy to pay smile
Astrid.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 10 Aug 2018, 06:48
What an interesting series of pictures here, Astrid. Strange that furniture can disappear without trace. Looted from the containers?
Picturit: Thank you, Lisl. This was so strange to me too, for somebody should find them overtime, or maybe they just sold them all sad
Astrid.
Très belle série de photos et aussi très interessant les esplications ..
Bonne journée
Picturit: Thank you kindly, Claudine.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Astrid.
This is great stuff Lady P
Picturit: Thank you, Bill.
It sure was.
Astrid.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Aug 2018, 07:25
What a wonderful ride; so lovely to be alongside water int he hot weather. Incredible too learn of the flooding that occurred. I hear that the south of France has to flooding presently. Looking at the muck on my car, we've had a shower overnight which has brought down a lot of dust. .
Picturit: It will take some showers to get rid of all the dust in the air, Alan. They always warn us after a long period of no rain, that after is rains on the roads will come a kind of "slippery soup" and cars need to be careful when they brake, the car might keep sliding, as the same for bikes.... It is all or nothing at a lot of places right now, Alan sad
Astrid.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Aug 2018, 07:45
J'aime le pont et le moulin dans le fond.
Picturit: Thank you kindly, Martine.
Astrid.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Aug 2018, 08:27
That looks an enjoyable cycle ride Astrid, but quite a long one. Good to know you can do it.
Picturit: Once I put my mind on something it is hard not to finish wink
It was a great ride and I already know another one with some history with it. I go to some fortifications and the bunker sawed in half, the one I you and Chris were, I will go more north also, there is a lot to see.
Astrid.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Aug 2018, 11:59
'T lijk me wel een heerlijke ervaring. Mooie fotos van de onderwegse. Ja, toen was dit alles nat. Na de verdijning van de meublement had de EKEA weer een allerbeste maand van verkopen.
Picturit: Dit was een mooi ritje, Louis. Ik kan nog een beetje de slappe lach krijgen over die meubels. Iedereen was zo in rep in roer, wat ik kan begrijpen, wij zaten klaar (in Arkel) met onze tasjes om te wachten op het bevel dat we weg moesten, bij ons zou het water maar een meter in de kamer staan, in Dalem zou een woning met 2 verdiepingen en een zolder, niet meer zichtbaar zijn......Wij hoefden op het laatste moment niet weg en bij Dalem hielden ze het droog (Dalem is naast Gorinchem aan de Merwede.)
Astrid.
Apart from 3 very good pictures what an interesting post Astrid. Let's hope this doesn't happen again in a hurry.
Picturit: Thank you, Brian. I am already preparing for another ride with some interesting things to see and some history behind it.
As for the flood, we never know, that is why we have to be prepared.
Astrid.
  • Anne
  • France
  • 10 Aug 2018, 13:46
Interesting documentary!
Picturit: Thank you, Anne. Sometimes I like to dig a little deeper on what I capture.
Astrid.
That was quite a ride! And an interesting story.
Picturit: Thank you, Tom and I found an other ride with some interesting information to capture and have a small write up.
Astrid.
That is a wonderful shot. As to the ride, it seems there won't be too many hills.
Picturit: No hills here, Michael, just the two bridges wink.... Thank you.
Astrid.
This is exactly how I explored so much of the boroughs in NYC when I first went to live there. The best decision I ever made was to join a cycling group. Such a different perspective on bike trails!
Picturit: Robin, that is the best thing to do when there is a possibility to go on the bike. It has many advantages, you can cover a lot of ground and at such a speed that you still are able to see it all. And when in a group that is wonderful, everybody knows something else and it stimulates to go. And I think it is a challenge to ride the bike in NYC... like it is in Amsterdam. It sounds like FUN smile. Thank you Robin as always.
Astrid.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Aug 2018, 01:38
You took some fabulous photos along the way, a beautiful documentary of your achievement smile
Picturit: Thank you, Cherry for your kind words. It was a great day and a new trip is on the way. smile
Astrid.

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