February 1st, it was 70 years ago since the biggest Dutch natural disaster of the 20th century occurred.
A heavy North Western storm combined with a spring tide caused a flood of big parts of The Netherlands. On more than 150 places in Zeeland, South-Holland and North-Brabant the dykes broke, because they couldn’t handle the amount of water and had been poorly maintained. Sunday afternoon a second flood wave hit and caused even more victims.
Goeree-Overflakkee is one of the areas that was hit the heaviest as a result of the disaster. Oude-Tonge counts the largest number of victims. Of the in total 1836 victims, 492 died on the island. The livestock were also affected.