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When did East coast flood?

When did East coast flood?

31st January 1953
On the night of the 31st January 1953 a huge tidal surge flooded the UK’s East Coast, causing widespread devastation and loss of life. One of the affected coastal areas was Felixstowe, where 41 people lost their lives.

When did Norfolk flood?

However in August 1912, a devastating flood brought Norwich to its knees, and turmoil to 15,000 people. This week – with the help of resources from the archives of the Norfolk Heritage Centre – we’ll tell you the story of the worst flood that has ever been recorded here.

What caused the flood of 1953?

The 1953 North Sea flood was a major flood caused by a heavy storm at the end of Saturday, 31 January 1953 and morning of the next day. The combination of wind, high tide, and low pressure caused the sea to flood land up to 5.6 metres (18.4 ft) above mean sea level.

Does England have natural disasters?

The UK’s geographical location exposes it to the risk of natural disasters such as hurricanes, storms, heat waves, low temperatures, and flooding. During this year, climate abnormalities lowered temperatures considerably, causing a major food which led to 65,000 deaths.

What were the impacts of the 1953 storm surge?

Some 30,000 people were evacuated, 1,000 square kilometres of land was inundated, and 307 people in England and 19 people in Scotland died. The death toll was particularly bad on Canvey Island in the Thames Estuary. In the low-lying Netherlands the consequences were much greater – more than 1,800 deaths.

When was the worst flood in East Anglia?

Tens of thousands more lost almost everything they owned and became homeless overnight. The floods which overwhelmed Norfolk’s sea defences on the night of Saturday January 31, 1953, are still remembered as the worst peacetime disaster to strike East Anglia.

When did the North Sea flood in 1953?

On the night of Saturday 31 January 1953 and the morning of 1 February 1953, the North Sea was experiencing spring tides. A deep Atlantic depression passed to the north of Scotland and moved south east down the North Sea. Due to flooding around Foulness in Kent, this herd of cattle gathers in and around an old abandoned farm

When did the storm hit the east coast of England in 1953?

In the early hours of the morning of 1 February 1953, strong winds and a swelling tide pushed the sea to dangerous levels. At sea, the storm burst open the loading doors of the The Princess Victoria passenger and car ferry and the captain ordered everyone to abandon ship.

Why was there no flood in Colchester in 1953?

There has also been minor sea flooding around Colchester in Essex and Wells in Norfolk this year. But there has been no repeat of the 1953 tragedy because a major programme of rebuilding and heightening of east coast flood walls began soon after the disaster and the strengthened defences have taken the strain.