In the future flood control area De Bunt, we are building two new locks: an outlet sluice gate in the dike along the river Scheldt, and a second in- and outlet sluice gate in the dike along the Durme. After a storm, when the water levels in both rivers have dropped again, the locks will allow the collected water to flow back. The lock in de dike along the Durme will also allow a small amount of river water to flow into the area and out again twice a day, thus creating a tidal rhythm. This timelapse video summarizes the first stages of the works.
Site inspector Dirk Buyle coordinates the Sigma Plan works in the Durme valley for the Flemish Waterway. “The first step is driving 276 sheet piles in the ground, to provide earth retention and excavation support. By using high-frequency vibratory hammers, we dampen vibrations and reduce off-site noise levels. The sheet piling will eventually become a part of the final construction.”
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