The flood catastrophy In February 1953 flooded a large part of Western Holland (parts of the provinces Zeeland, Zuid Holland and Noord Brabant) several villages were destroyed and many were damaged.
Mill's Gravendeel. l.sh.
Village, pan from canal to houses behind the dike
L.sh. Roofs of houses behind the dyke
L.sh. village street behind the dyke
L.sh. village street upon the dyke.
C.u.'s family album with photos catastrophy. First picture shows where the dyke broke through.
C.u. tombstone Van Verk 6 months
C.u. pan Mr and Mrs van Verk 30 and 24 years.
C.u. Mrs Verdonk (69 years)
M. sh. His Exc. the minister of Waterstaat Algera in front of the monument (with glasses)
H.E. puts flowers on the monument.
Minister Algera and the burgomaster of 's Gravendeel (with chain and medal) in front of the monument.
Father and mother of children who are buried here.
M.sh. Relatives of flood-victims
C.u. flowers on monument
M.sh. relatives passing monument.
Present were T.V., Polygoon and Mirror of Holland.
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Background: The flood catastrophy In February 1953 flooded a large part of Western Holland (parts of the provinces Zeeland, Zuid Holland and Noord Brabant) several villages were destroyed and many were damaged.
During this one terrible night of the 1st February most people were surprised by the rising water and nearly 1400 were killed. It was a national catastrophy and all nations came to the rescue of the hit parts and united their efforts against one enemy the water.
The whole area then flooded, was reclaimed from the sea one year later and now almost no trace of the catastrophy is to be found. However, in the new houses many families miss their dead and on the village-cemeteries many graves remember of the floods of 1953.
In 's Gravendeel, a village of 5.000 inhabitants on one of the islands south of Rotterdam, on the 1st Febr 1953 the dyke broke through near the mill. Here the largest part of the victims fall. In a few minutes 38 people drowned, among them the familie van Verk, father 30 years, mother 24 years, 4 children (6, 4, 2 years and 6 months old) (scene 9 and 10)
Five years afterwards the minister of traffic and Waterstaat (the ministry governing the rivers, canals, coastal defence and dikes) mr Algera, laid down flowers on the monument of 's Gravendeel, during a sober ceremony.