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CLIP 9969

Coastal flooding in the UK

Coastal flooding in the UK
Key Info
  • Coastal flooding in the UK
  • Duration: 04:10
  • 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 making 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.
  • Warning: viewers might find some scenes distressing
  • Credits: East Anglian Film Archive
  • Subject:



    Natural Hazards: Weather

  • Keywords: flooding, tidal surge, coast, depression, Atlantic, waves, deluge, sea defences, homeless, CoastReversion
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip could be used as part of a module on coastlines or natural hazards. Students could be set a task to debate the various options for low-lying coastal areas, where one group are local residents, another represent tax payers living away from the coast etc. More information on this clip and Series 1 of Coast can be found here:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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