"Living in a polder appointed to be floaded" Ooij by Pavlik_NL

Ooij Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 13 photos

Ooij, centre of the polder

Ooij, the village that gave it's name to the polder surrounding it. This wide green flat area is actually the South bank of the mighty river Rhine, that split into several other rivers when entering the Netherlands. The river "Waal" is passing Nijmegen and just East of this oldest of Dutch towns, the polder shows it's open space as a green sea. The village appeared already in early medieval times, when a castle was ruling over the riverland. The castle mostly disappeared, but the village still is the centre of this old farmer's and polderland.

Emergency overfloading land

The Ooijpolder is one of the parts of the Netherlands that has been appointed to be deliberately floaded, when the riverwater rises to high on the yearly raise in late winter. In 1995 the rivers raise so high that the Netherlands kept their breath in fear of multiple inner dikebreaches. 100.000s of people had to be evacuated and after this near-disaster, plans were made to prevent it from happening again. One of these plans is these floading area's, but you can imagine that the people who live here, are not happy with this idea.

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