The break came Saturday night in the middendijk between the leopold canal and the horizontal current Schipdonkkanaal, also known under the names of “Blinker” and “Stinker”. On that dike is no traffic possible. The water punched a hole of up to 30 metres long. “By the breach, the water level in the leopold canal about one and a half metres,” says spokeswoman Liliane Stinissen of the Flemish Waterway. “By the force of the water hit the dike at the Leopoldsvaart-North in this way damaged. That landdijk remained though intact, so there is no danger for flooding in the surrounding pastures and some farms.”foxes cause?
About the cause of the dijkbreuk, is as yet no clarity. Dijkgraaf Antoine Wijffels suspect that a fox cave may be the culprit. “Someone from our management noted that there are in the neighborhood of the place where the fracture originated, foxes have been at work,” says the chairman of the Oosthoekpolder. “Which animals make burrows and pipes to allow for escape in case of danger. Perhaps the water spread through the catacombs and in that way, the sand from which the dike is washed away. I can be no other cause to think, because the water in the Schipdonkkanaal was 3.30 meters high. That is, no abnormal water levels.”Periodic checks
The Flemish Waterway does not yet ruled on the cause. “That is examined, though we dare not say we ever had a concrete reason will discover,” says Stinissen. “Our priority is now being given to strengthening the stability of landszijde. The asphalt is not washed away, but the water has underground some damage. A contractor is currently already started with the strengthen of that dike. That work should be normally against Monday night completed. Then we start immediately with the repair of the middendijk. We will also search for any other weak spots.”
The Flemish Waterway will in the future also provide additional supervision. “Such periodic checks are just like water bridges systematically carried out by our oeverinstructeurs and happen anyway. The residents, may we reassure: for them, absolutely never been a problem. With the verstevigingswerken that we perform, we want to just not take the risk.”Several days inconvenience
The police-Damme/Knokke-Heist closed Sunday morning in consultation with the city of Damme the Leopoldsvaart-North for all traffic between the Zelzatebrug and Koolkerkesteenweg. Cyclists and pedestrians are not allowed. Detour via Westkapelle. It is possible that the discomfort even several days.