“What has happened in Limburg over the past few days can happen anywhere in the country. We have to keep in mind that the changing climate makes us face extreme weather more often.” That‘s what the missionary minister Van Nieuwenhuizen says. She visits the watershed area, including polar height near Venlo. The minister also says she is in a condolence with all the victims and victims in this “macabre” situation.
The counselor does not want to link one on one to one with the changing climate. “But I do understand from scientists that these so-called cluster showers can occur more often due to climate change. This is really an issue.” Something similar said yesterday Prime Minister Rutte when he visited the flood area.
Van Nieuwenhuizen came to the Maaspark Ooijen Wansum, a “master room area” of 540 hectares near Venlo. According to Van Nieuwenhuizen, “a lot of work has been done” in recent years, precisely to “give away” the water. She thought it was important to see how it goes now.
The minister is very keen on what she sees and hears, but she is glad that no deaths have fallen in the Netherlands. “If you hear what happened in countries around us, that’s a really different situation.” Van Nieuwenhuizen is in contact with her colleagues in the affected countries and hopes to go to the table with them in August. “They also look at us and projects like this.”
Van Nieuwenhuizen does emphasize that the Netherlands is not there yet. “A number of projects have started but much more needs to be seen. You would have preferred all projects to be finished.”
According to the Minister, water problems may occur in other places in the Netherlands as well. “This is not just a thing of these regions, the violent cluster showers with so much precipitation coming down in a short period of time can occur everywhere. We need to map wherever we can create even more space for the water.”
Furthermore, all dikes will need to be reviewed again. Some dikes have already been adapted but there is at least 1000 kilometres to go, says Van Nieuwenhuizen, who speaks of a “whole task”.