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.
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