Posted on January 1, 2024
The combination of high tides and strong winds brought by storm Pia led to all major storm surge barriers along the coast of the Netherlands being closed on Thursday 21 December. One of them was the Maeslant storm surge barrier, the largest moveable object in the world. This was the first time since its completion in 1997 that it has closed because of a storm. The barrier closed completely automatically and cut off Rotterdam and its port from the North Sea. As other countries in Europe suffered from the impact of storm Pia, the Dutch remained safe.