February 3, 1995 |
Flooded rivers subsided Thursday, but a new enemy gnawed at the weakened, ancient structures that keep much of this country dry: swift currents that threatened to gouge the dikes. The latest problem is not high water but the speed with which river levels are dropping in the southeastern Netherlands. "It's a real danger," regional Dikemaster Jan Boer said. "When the waters decline, when the pressure disappears, there's a chance dikes will begin to float and shift. The whole dike can be torn open."