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Caisson 1: Facts

The events in the catastrophic night of the Flood (1 February 1953) are highlighted here, and the aid given in the first few days there after. What happened, and how could it happen? Watch the Polygon film reels and listen to fragments of the historic radio broadcasts. Or browse through the thousands of newspaper cuttings and photographs of the Flood and the following months.

Special attention is given in caisson 1 to the combined efforts of thousands of aid workers and volunteers from the Netherlands and abroad, who immediately after the Flood flocked to the region and took part in special relief activities and the closing of more than a hundred breaches in the dykes.