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Neil Quincey, from Hunstanton in Norfolk, relives his memories of the 1953 floods and Claire McGlasson hears about the American serviceman, Reis L. Leming who saved dozens of lives.
The Princess Royal has attended a service at Chelmsford Cathedral to honour those who died in the devastating floods of 1953. Tom Barton reports.
Sixty years ago tonight one of the worst peacetime disasters in Britain was unfolding around the coast of East Anglia. High tides combined with strong winds and a deep area of low pressure in the North Sea caused a storm surge which brought huge waves crashing into coastal communities.
More than three hundred people were killed in Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Essex on the night of 31st January/1st February 1953.
- 32,000 people were evacuated from the flooded areas
- 160,000 acres of land were inundated with sea water and not usable for several years
- The damage was estimated at £1.2 billion at today's prices
- The storm surge exceeded 5.6 metres or 18.4 ft above normal sea level
Click here for more information on the 1953 floods from the Met Office.
ITV Anglia correspondents Claire McGlasson and Tom Barton report from Norfolk and Essex as the region remembers the devastating floods of 1953.
More than a hundred people in Essex died in the devastating North Sea floods of 1953. A storm surge hit the entire East coast on the night of 31st January/1st February.
A commemoration service marking the 60th anniversary is being held at Chelmsford Cathedral with the Princess Royal in attendance.
The East Anglian Film Archive based in Norwich has released archive footage of the aftermath in Canvey Island and Harwich in Essex. Canvey Island saw the greatest loss of life in East Anglia with 58 deaths.
The Princess Royal has arrived in Chelmsford to attend a service remembering those who were killed in the flooding of 1953.
95 people were killed in Essex when the floods struck 60 years ago today.
Events will be held around the East today to mark 60 years since floods devastated parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. More than 300 people died in the storm, and 24,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Sea defences were breached in 1200 places due to 100mph gales and 9ft high tides.
Princess Anne will visit Chelmsford Cathedral this morning for a special remembrance service. The service begins at 11.30am, but is invitation only.
When the devastating storm surge of 1953 brought the North Sea crashing into coastal towns and villages around the East coast there was little advance warning. More than 300 people lost their lives.
Television was in its infancy and there were no presented weather forecasts that we're familar with today. Most homes didn't have telephones for instance communication and the floods struck in the dead of night.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the 1953 floods, ITV Anglia weatherman Jim Bacon re-constructed weather forecasts for the days ahead of the storm as they may have been presented if modern technology had been available back then.
Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of one of the darkest stories in this region's history, the great floods which killed more than 300 people in our region and left forty thousand homeless.
On that night in 1953, the forecast gave no clue of what was to come. No-one predicted the storm surge that would cause such horrific devastation.
Claire McGlasson reports.
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