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Flood Protection: Houtribsluizen, Lelystad, The Netherlands, 2006
The Houtrib locks, pictured here, are part of the Zuiderzee Works the largest hydraulic engineering project undertaken by the Netherlands during the twentieth century. The project involved damming off the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea) and then partially draining it to reclaim land for development and agriculture. These locks are located in the town of Lelystad, at one end of the 19-mile long Houtrib dike. Founded in 1967, Lelystad was built on reclaimed land and is approximately 16-feet below sea level.






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