The flood channel creates a better water flow in the IJssel river, thus reducing the chance of flooding. The flood channel, with widths varying between 1600 to almost 5000 feet, causes a 2ft, 4 inch water level decline, which – in most cases – is enough to prevent flooding of the villages and cities along the IJssel river.

CLAFIS has been involved in this 75 million Euro project from the start of the project in 2014. CLAFIS provided quality management, drafted several management plans, managed project deviations, and conducted internal quality audits. CLAFIS also provided temporary document management support.

The channel, which has an inlet near the city of Veessen and an outlet near the city of Wapenveld, has not been dug, but resulted from the construction of two almost 5-mile-long levees. Bridges have been built to cross the inlet and the outlet, ensuring the area between the flood channel and the IJssel river to remain available when the channel is in use.

The project is part of the Dutch Government Program “Room for the River”, which includes measures taken to give rivers space to flood safely in over 30 locations throughout The Netherlands. The construction of the Veessen-Wapenveld flood channel has been executed in such a way that the nearby natural and agricultural functions not only have been retained, but even made stronger.