The 31st January commemorates 70 Years since the 1953 Flood. Come along and see our display, learn about what happened in the local areas, the timings, the effects, pictures, the aftermath and how it affected local people.
Throughout history, the sea has been both friend and foe of the British Isles. Storms at sea have repelled invaders, but they have also unleashed severe floods to attack the island’s shores and their communities.
On the 31st of January and 1st of February 1953, a great storm surge, accompanied by gale force winds, swept out of the north, causing widespread flooding of coastal areas, and involving grievous loss of life and extensive damage or property.
On the night of Saturday 31 January 1953, a severe storm coincided with a high spring tide in the North Sea, and the resulting tidal surge caused great devastation all along the east coast.