After centuries of battle, Dutch surrender to the sea





Some 230 years after its flat pastures were wrested from the waters, the de Feijters' farm -- their home for 33 years -- is to be reflooded to reverse the disappearance of Zeeland's mudflats and salt marshes.
For the family -- raised in a province that owes its very existence to dike systems dating from the Middle Ages -- the plan is "un-Dutch."
Breaching dikes is behavior associated with invading armies, Mr. de Feijter said.


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