“In some places the water has flooded over a surface of hundreds of meters wide,” said a spokesman for the Limburg water board. The highest level of the Maas will not be reached until tomorrow, according to Rijkswaterstaat.
Due to recent precipitation and snow melt in Germany and Switzerland, the water level in Lobith, where the Rhine enters the Netherlands, is higher than normal for the time of year.
In Roermond, a number of gravel bins are floating from Maria Olerhuuske on the Maas towards the N280 viaduct, the police write on Twitter. “The Nautical Center is aware of this and are busy getting all the bins aside. Be careful when you are traveling with a boat.”
River 1.75 meters higher than normal
De Roer just missed the high level of March last year, when an emergency dike had to be constructed with sandbags at Vlodrop. “We stay just below that height, but the river is 1.75 meters higher than normal,” said the spokesman. The discharge amounts to almost 100 cubic meters per second.
The discharge of the Maas amounts to 1750 cubic meters and it will increase to almost 1900 cubic meters, according to Rijkswaterstaat. That is not alarming. However, the water board with dike guards throughout Limburg keeps an eye on things and pumps are installed for the seepage water.
Nature areas closed to the public
Staatsbosbeheer and Natuurmonumenten have closed several nature areas along the Maas in Limburg to visitors. This is done as a precaution to provide more space for livestock and game in the flood plains. Viewing the high water is a popular day out for many people. Especially in corona times, this can lead to crowds and thus stressful situations for the animals, say the nature managers.
Rijkswaterstaat has ironed the weirs in Linne, Roermond, Belfeld and Sambeek. The gates of the lock in Limmel have been closed.