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Large parts of Zeeland lie at or under sea level. So the province has a turbulent history of floods. The flood disaster of 1953, in which around 1800 people and thousands of livestock lost their lives, was the motivation for the Delta plan. Until this time the dykes were poorly maintained and too low. As a result the possibility of a flood was once in 80 years. It was decided to protect the sea inlets above the Westerschelde river with (gated) dams. The dam was completed in 1961, creating the Veerse Meer lake. Thanks to the Delta Works and the flood barrier the possibility of another flood has now been reduced to less than once every 4000 years.
In the 14th century Vrouwenpolder was an important place of pilgrimage. Near the village are located the widest beaches in Zeeland. Here the seaside visitor may choose between the fresh water of the Veerse Meer or the salt water of the North Sea.
Source : Delta plan website

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