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60th Anniversary of Great Flood

Forty two people died during the 1953 Great Flood in Lincolnshire Photo: ITV News

Memorial services are taking place today to mark 60 years since the Great Flood - which badly affected Lincolnshire.

Forty two people died in 1953 when severe gales and a high tide caused the sea to surge inland, leaving much of the county flooded.

Services will take place at:

  • 2pm Dunes Theatre, Mablethorpe, followed by the unveiling and dedication of a memorial stone at 3pm
  • 4.30pm St Peter and St Paul Church, Ingoldmells
  • 6pm St Matthew's Church, Skegness - service to be led by the Bishop of Lincoln.

In total, 307 people drowned as the floods went south.

It's important that we take a few minutes to remember those who tragically lost their lives 60 years ago. We've learned many lessons since then, and coastal defences have been greatly improved. We've also joined with other organisations to prepare a flood risk management strategy, to ensure that communities are well-prepared to cope if any more flooding incidents do occur.

– Cllr Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council