Apparently this Samuel Eliot Morison quoted in liha
's write up wasn't there when there in Zeeland
) on the night of 31 January 1953.
"Spring tides are beloved by all who live by or from the sea"
I wouldn't say so. On that night there was a spring tide
together with a good storm
that caused major flooding
of mainly Zeeland and some parts of Zuid-Holland
and Noord-Braband killing 1853 people
. (FYI: all three are province
s in the Netherlands.)
has been followed by two important government
the Delta Works
with 11 dam
s. Most famous one is the Zeeland Bridge, and still visited by many tourist
s every year (but official regulations don't count that as part of the Delta Works as that was paid by another Department).
- One reason many people died was that not everybody could swim
, so a law
was accepted that school
s were obliged to provide swimming lesson
s to all primary school children
in the country
in grade 3 and 4. (This obligation has been abandoned about three years ago, because the government assumes parents earn enough to pay for it themselves (ok, just a plain budget reduction).
Despite the regulation
s, the people don't jump around from excitement
when the weather man
announces spring tide (with or without storm), because there are still survivor
s of the flooding alive.
Maybe in 20 or 30 years, when it's all just in the history books
and feel safe like the people in 1953 "we love the spring tide" again .... wich is mere ignorance
of what the forces of nature can do.