The eternal struggle against water is inextricably linked to this island. Evidence of this is everywhere on Goeree-Overflakkee.
he combination of storm tide and spring tides caused the dykes to break on February 1953. Goeree-Overflakkee, and other areas were flooded by the sea and the damage was enormous. The disaster cost the lives of 488 islanders, 305 of whom lived in Oude-Tonge. A lot of cattle also died. Houses, villages and estates were destroyed. It is a black page in the history of the island. To keep the memory of the terrible disaster alive, a route has been created along eleven spots on Goeree-Overflakkee. Eyewitnesses of the flood tell the story of the young people of that time.
The Delta Works were constructed after the North Sea flood. Closed and permeable dams were built between the islands of Zuid-Holland and Zeeland. The Brouwersdam, Grevelingendam and the Haringvliet sluices are examples of this on Goeree-Overflakkee. The Haringvliet sluices transport a large part of the incoming Rhine and Meuse water to the North Sea and are therefore nicknamed the tap of Europe.