ROOM FOR THE WAAL
Between the cities of Nijmegen and Lent, the Waal river makes a sharp bend. The winter bed is very narrow at this point in the river. During extreme high water levels the location acts as a bottleneck, making it difficult for water to drain away. The project Room for the Waal has solved this problem by moving the dyke at Lent 350 meters land inwards. An ancillary channel is dredged in the flood plain to help drain the river during extremely high water. This in turn creates better flood protection for the area behind the dyke.