Exactly fifty years ago to this very day, this is what large parts of south-west Holland looked like:
Nearly two thousand innocent souls lost their lives because of this unexpected onslaught of nature, lots and lots of water washing away houses and people and livestock and trees and cars and whatever happened to be in the way. Although many more people were effected for the rest of their lives, even major cataclysmic occurrences seem to be forgotten as time passes. Even my worse problems at the moment fade away to nothingness when compared to all of this.
For those fine folks out there who are more interested in exploring the historical background to this terrible event, the following links will provide you with more information: