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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Archive footage of the 1953 floods in Essex

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.

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