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Reimerswaal De verdronken stad

Storm floods

During the sixteenth century, Reimerswaal became increasingly vulnerable to flooding. The ground around Reimerswaal was suffering severe subsidence due to salt extraction. On St Felix Day (Saturday 5 November 1530) the area suffered a huge storm surge. This day would later be known as ‘quade saterdach’ (Bad Saturday). The city itself was not wiped out by the St. Felix flood, but a large part of the surrounding countryside was. Plans were drawn up to restore the dikes in the area to the east of Reimerswaal. But a new flood in 1532 put an end to these hopes. A new major storm surge cut the city off from the rest of Zuid-Beveland for good.

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