As you probably know, the southwest of the Netherlands was hit by a huge disaster in 1953. On the night of January 31st to February 1st, it stormed quite hard. The sea water rose up very high as a result. It got so high it washed over the dikes in a lot of places, creating holes in the dikes. The water could flow right in. The low-lying polders were submerged. Hundreds of people drowned. Others could manage with boats or went up to the attic or even on the roof, waiting for help.
Many islands were submerged; in many places, you can still find traces of that disaster. Especially on Schouwen-Duiveland. That island was hit very hard.
In the expo “1953 Disaster”, eye-witnesses tell of their shocking experience in the cold February night in 1953, in sound and images. People lost all their possessions and mourned the 1836 victims. Expo “Disaster of 1953” is not a technical overview, but a human report, compiled from interviews with family members of victims, rescuers, and politicians from that period, supplemented with authentic radio reports.