Dr Erwann Michel-Kerjan and co-authors, winners of this year's Science of Risk: Climate Change category, proposed four flood resilience strategies to protect coastal megacities from the likes of Superstorm Sandy. Their strategies included the levee systems designed for the Netherlands by Dutch engineers in early 1950's.
Eastern Netherlands up to Zwolle can be flooded if a dike breaks on the German side of the border in the catchment area of the Rijn.
Minister Schultz of Infrastructure has compiled a Delta Program 2015 that stipulates the urgency for dikes in The Netherlands to be fortified along many rivers. The program will run until 2050, and will be introduced by Minister Schultz in September, Nieuwsuur reports.
River dikes in The Netherlands do not pose an acute danger, but have been calculated to be less safe than previously thought. These problems can be solved with relatively simple measure, however.