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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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1953 Floods remembered

The floods devastated parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

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.

24,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the flood Credit: ITV Anglia

Princess Anne will visit Chelmsford Cathedral this morning for a special remembrance service. The service begins at 11.30am, but is invitation only.

Events will be held across the East to remember the floods Credit: ITV Anglia

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