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Daily Images | North Sea Flood 1953

Daily Images – North Sea Flood 1953 was one of the most devastating natural disasters ever recorded in the United Kingdom. Over 1,600 km of coastline was damaged, and sea walls were breached, inundating 1,000 km². Flooding forced 30,000 people to be evacuated from their homes, and 24,000 properties were seriously damaged. The surge raced down the East Coast into the southern North Sea, where it was exaggerated by the shallower waters. In Lincolnshire flooding occurred from Mablethorpe to Skegness, reaching as far as 2 miles inland.

In individual incidents, 38 died at Felixstowe in Suffolk when wooden prefabricated homes in the West End area of the town were flooded. In Essex, Canvey Island was inundated with the loss of 58 lives and another 37 died when the seafront village of Jaywick near Clacton was flooded. The picture below shows how the flood affected Market Street in Margate.

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