'Thus far and no farther'

The severest weather conditions I've ever experienced happened while I was a schoolgirl living in northern Germany. Growing up in a small town two kilometers from the North Sea, I'd heard many stories about the fierceness of the sea and people's efforts over generations to build ever stronger and better dikes to protect themselves from storm tides. But all of the stories of broken dikes had taken place in the past, and I never imagined it could happen in our time.

Then one day in February the wind started picking up, and hurricane-strength gusts whipped through our area, wreaking havoc in its path. The raging sea tore holes in dikes all along our coast. The whole region went into a state of emergency. People living in the immediately endangered lowlands behind our dikes were evacuated. The military was called in for assistance, and many volunteers, including my dad, were trucked out to the shore to strengthen crumbling dikes with sandbags.

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