Delta PlanThe flood disaster of 1953 brings forward the implementation of plans to seal the outlets to the sea in Southwest Netherlands and to reinforce the waterdefenses along the Western Scheldt and the Rotterdam Waterway. The Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management sets up the Delta Committee. The body of measures proposed by this committee forms the Delta Plan. The aim of the Plan is enhance safety by radically reducing the length of and reinforcing the coastline. These measures are laid down in 1958 in the Delta Act.