In 1993 and 1995, Limburg experienced two major floods of the river Meuse. Such high-water levels had not occurred since 1926 and therefore the economic damage was great. In 1996, temporary measures were taken to improve the safety of the area in the short term: temporary dikes were constructed in various places and the Oude Maasarm (the old branch of the Meuse) between Ooijen and Wanssum, which previously always flowed with high water, was closed.
However, these temporary measures are not sufficient for proper protection of the area in the long term. That is why the Ooijen-Wanssum Area Development is now being implemented. What is special about the project is how integrated the plan was for such a large-scale project, the intensive collaboration between all parties involved and the attention given to the spatial quality and innovation.