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27.01.2012 - In memory of the springtide of 1962
On 16, 17 and 18 February of this year a special German hand stamp commemorating the hurricane tide of 1962 will be in use. The flood, that struck heavily the North Sea Passage of Wilhelmshaven, was

On 16, 17 and 18 February of this year a special German hand stamp commemorating the hurricane tide of 1962 will be in use. The flood, that struck heavily the North Sea Passage of Wilhelmshaven, was the result of heavy onshore winds with a force 9 to 10 caused by the so-called ‘Island Depression’ that hovered around since 12 February 1962.

The storm stowed massive bodies of water up the German Bight, the Ems, the Jade water basin, the Weser and the Elbe. In Wilhelmshaven, on 16 and 17 February 1962 the water reached a height 5.22 meters above sea level. It caused the northern Maadedeich to break, after which considerable masses of water overflowed the river Maad and parts of the city of Wilhelmshaven. Luckily, the southern dyke around the Maad was able to withstand the waters, thus preventing worse. After the disaster, the so-called Rüstersieler Groden was built, which now prevents the water reaching the northern Maadedeich.

The German philatelic association ‘Wilhelmshaven e.V.’ has decided, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the disastrous springtide, to issue a special envelope, which can be ordered at the following address: Gerhard Weiß, Neustrelitzer Straße 3, 26388 Wilhelmshaven (Germany).