Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Storm and high tide

I believe I already mentioned that we had a big storm at the end of October that was quite scary and left a lot of damage on the island. Well, last week we had another one. Even though in force it came close to the one in October it was a lot less damaging, probably because the direction of the wind was different this time. It did last very long though, more than 24 hours at least and I was happy when it was over.

One effect it had in combination with spring tide was extreme high waters. I wouldn't be me if I didn't take some pictures of this and I would be even less of me if I didn't share them with my blogsy people. So here you have some pictures of extreme high tide on our island, so you get even more insight in what this island living is all about.

All this water you're seeing is supposed to be a square and a road. That's the ferry on the right.

All the houses on this street have either sandbags or special boards in slots to protect them.

The ferry was stuck on the island because of the tide and the storm. You couldn't get on it anyway.

This is the 'coupure'. It's part of a dyke around the town and goes up when the water is this high to protect the main street.

The water is trying to creep into the town.

This is where we usually board the ferry.

Now it looked like a  huge paddling pool. I shudder tot think what the salt water did to those bikes.

When I posted some of these pics on Facebook people were a little worried, but let me comfort you by saying this happens a couple of times a year and although it's still quite high it's not that unusual. We have to live with the sea around us and sometimes that means things like this. Islanders are not easily impressed. ;-)

Still I thought these made some nice photos and they give a bit of a different perspective on living here as well, right?

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy Wednesday!


4 comments:

  1. It sounds like your island has taken some pretty good precautions to prevent major flooding. We need to do more of that here in the U.S. especially with global warming changing the weather patterns.

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    1. I guess it's a Dutch thing. We always have had to deal with the ocean and the country being below sea level and all.

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  2. Having them several times a year is a pain but, your system of precautions has probably been in place for a very long time.

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    1. I don't think people are too bothered by it really. And being cut off from the main land for a while has a certain charm too. As for myself. My neighbourhood is on top of a dune, so only a miracle flood or tsunami would ever reach it. :-)

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