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Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier

Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier

The lonely pillar

A thirty-meter-high concrete pillar looks lost next to the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier in the Netherlands.

During the construction of the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier in the 1970s and 1980s, 66 pillars were built for a lockable storm surge barrier. Ultimately, 65 copies were sufficient; one served as a reserve: constructing a pillar took a year and a half. Then, it was helpful to have a backup in case something went wrong.


After the construction of the Oosterscheldekering, the reserve pillar remained lonely in the water. The pillar at the Neeltje-Jans work island, popularly known as "the cathedral ", was used as a climbing wall for many years. The reserve pillar is, therefore, thirty meters high.

Lockable storm surge barrier

The storm surge barrier is over 9 kilometers long, three thousand meters of which can be closed during high water levels. Since its construction, the barrier has been closed some 30 times.

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