Throughout the centuries part of Zeeland have flooded many times and many times the people have reclaimed the areas. The most well known flooding is of course the flooding of February 1st 1953. After this natural disaster, the Delta works were constructed to prevent similar events in the future.
The oldest flooding that was recorded dates back to the year 838. After this flood, many others followed throughout the years. Especially the landscape and the inhabitants of the province of Zeeland were always heavy struck and influenced by the events. Most floods caused land to disappear, for example the city of Reimerswaal and its surroundings. The most recent case of extreme flooding in Zeeland, on February 1st 1953, caused many new construction projects and functional architectural monuments to be build, for instance the Delta works.