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Sixty years on: floods of 1953

Sixty years ago today the South of England experienced one of the worst natural disasters in British history. More than three hundred people died when a storm battered the coast. Thousands in Kent were forced to flee their homes in the following days

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Great Flood - How we would cope now

Up to twenty milimetres of rain could fall over the weekend, leading to flooding around some of our rivers. It will be as nothing though compared to the disaster of Sixty years ago when dozens of people died and coastal towns along the North Kent coast were wrecked.

Forecasters say we are now much more prepared, thanks to the Thames Barrier and stronger sea defences - and a much better warning system. Derek Johnson speaks to March Douch and colin Bowley from the Environment Agency's Flood Warning Centre in Kent.

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