Pumping stations and sandbags keep high water at bay

The river IJssel near Olst. Photo: ANP/Hollandse Hoogte/ Manon Bruininga

High water levels in some rivers in Overijssel, Gelderland, Drenthe and Brabant have led to localised flooding on roads and cycle paths. The water level is expected to rise further on Tuesday because of the overnight rain.

Waterboards have used additional pumps to stop homes flooding and in Hardenberg a local park is being used as a temporary water storage location. Sandbags are also being used to shore up flood defences in several areas.

In Nijverdal in Overijssel 11,000 homes were left without power after a switching station flooded. Services were restored on Tuesday morning after the fire brigade pumped away the excess water.

The floods are attracting sightseers and the Rijn en IJssel water board has urged people who do come to look to remain on hard roads. Parking is also banned on the soft verges because the ground has been saturated.

Officials expect the water levels to reach their maximum on Thursday.

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