In 1953 a deep depression off the coast of the UK caused a tidal surge to build up in the Atlantic. The surge caused extensive flooding along the East coast of Britain, killing 307 people and leaving 40,000 homeless. Canvey Island was hit hard due to its low-lying pre-fabricated housing. The banks of earth which defended the island were quickly breached and all 160,000 acres of Canvey Island were flooded.
Can be used to engage the pupils in a discussion regarding preparation and mitigation for flooding events. Can be used with a worksheet looking at the short term and long term effects of a natural disaster.