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1953 Floods
Lincolnshire underwater - the 1953 floods
The 1953 floods claimed 41 lives in Lincolnshire.

In 1953 huge tides surged along the east coast of England. Lincolnshire did not escape the floods and became swept up in one of the worst peace-time disasters Britain has seen.

One of Britain's worst peace-time disasters


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Your experiences of the floods

Preparing for a flood

After a flood - what do I do?

Flood facts and figures

Flooding then and now

Pictures of the flooding

Useful flooding links

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On 31st January, 1953, considerable areas along the coast of Lincolnshire were flooded. The Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea and Skegness areas were the most seriously affected parts and forty-three people lost their lives.

It was soon after dusk when the first waves crashed through the sea defences in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea and within an hour virtually the whole town including the high street lay underwater.

A terrifying time for everyone living there and for the people drafted in to help. A long and cold night lay ahead.

The destruction didn't stop that night however and the morning's high tide combined with the continuing storm saw the flooding get worse.

It eventually reached more than two miles inland. Help was needed urgently to shore up the defences and the military was brought in.

Of course it wasn't just humans that felt the effect of the flood, the storm also took it's toll elsewhere. Around 200,000 acres of farmland was devastated and hundreds of animals died.

Follow the experiences of Lincolnshire people who were affected by the floods here >>

It is now fifty years since the floods came.
Nevertheless the memories of what happened remain strong. The threat of further flooding is still present and many fear that another crisis could happen.

So what you can do in the event of a flood? Get some useful tips on becoming flood aware and find out how flood defences have developed through the ages below »

Arrow. Flood advice

Arrow.Flood defence then and now

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