The weir, which should protect the Van Abbemuseum against flooding, works: even though flooding of many places today, due to the substantial rain, the museum remained dry.
From January to April they have been working on the Self Closing Flood Barrier®. Only in case of imminent flooding the dam becomes visible: The rising water pushes the weir up automatically. That happened last night.
It is the first time that this technique is used under water, and it was not a low-cost solution. The Dommel water board paid approximately 1 million euro for the flood defense. These costs are still less than the damage that would result from a flood.
Translation: Maryanne Staal
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