Rijkswaterstaat is very busy mapping out all the problems in and around the waterways in our country. The enormous flooding of recent weeks resulted in unsafe and unnavigable waterways in our country. The waterway markings have been washed away in many places and all kinds of junk floated in the rivers, such as trees, refrigerators, DIXIs and caravans. The Maas was blocked until July 21, in order to prevent unsafe situations for shipping traffic. The Meuse was also blocked to prevent waves from ships around houses, dikes and emergency dikes. You can imagine that a large ship brings huge waves, and you can absolutely not use that in a situation of high water. The Mobile traffic controllers have maintained this navigation ban on the Meuse.
All junk floating in the Maas must of course be cleaned up, most of the junk in the waterway has now been cleaned up. The largest rubbish was fished out of the water with crane ships. There is also a lot of junk on the banks, but Rijkswaterstaat says that it is busy in consultation with the municipalities on how this can best be tackled. Cleaning up this mess on the banks can lead to dangerous situations. You can only get stuck in mud up to your knees and there can also be dangerous objects such as gas bottles between the washed up mess. This therefore requires a special approach.