RIVER WIDENING OF OVERDIEPSE POLDER
During periods of extremely high water, the river Bergsche Maas could threaten villages and cities located along the river. Widening the river at the Overdiepse Polder near Waspik allows more water to flow through the river during periods of high water. As part of the Room for the River programme, the dyke has been lowered so that it will not present a barrier to the drainage of excess water. At the same time, the constructed so-called ‘terps’ (dwelling mounds) help maintain the important functions for housing, work, agriculture and livestock farming.