Extremely high water levels on the Dommel river made the local Water Board ‘Waterschap De Dommel’ decide to put a temporary ban on canoeing.
The ban is in effect on the stretch between the Belgian border and the Venbergse Watermolen in Valkenswaard. The Water Board says the water is too high. Therefore, paddlers cannot go under the bridges.
A water level of 28.01 meters above NAP (Amsterdam Ordnance Datum) has been recorded at the Dommel, which is an all-time high for this river. It is mainly due to high rainfall and river vegetation.
The Board is going to employ a special mowing boat to remove underwater plants, making the water level drop faster.