Floods of 1953

In the dead of a winter's night 60 years ago a storm surge pushed down the North Sea bringing devastating floods to the East coast. It came with little warning and more than 300 people were killed in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

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How the storm surge of 1953 developed

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.

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