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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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RAF fill sandbags with mud!

226 Sqr. of RAF Stradishall 1953 Credit: John Choat

John Choat was a 20 year-old in 226 Squadron of RAF Stradishall when the great storm hit the East coast. He remembers going to the rescue of the emergency services when the flood waters began to rise outside Felixstowe.

"We ran out of sand so we had to fill our bags with mud," he said.

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