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Wednesday 29th January, 2003 - 09:00 GMT
The 1953 East Coast Floods - Facts &
Figures
A summary of facts and figures from the 1953 floods.
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FACTS

1953 EAST COAST FLOODS:

307 people drowned

24,000 homes flooded

1,200 breaches along 1,000 miles of coastline

160,000 acres of farmland flooded

46,000 livestock lost

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Extent of damage

FACTOR NUMBER
Area of damage Over a length of 1,000 miles of coastline
Breaches 1,200 different locations


People

FACTOR NUMBER
People evacuated 32,000
People lost 307 drowned on east coast (1,800 in Holland)
Homes flooded 24,000

 



 






Infrastructure

FACTOR NUMBER
Power stations 2 large and many smaller
Gasworks 12 out of action
Roads 100 mls impassable – including 11 trunk roads
Railways 200 mls out of action
Sewage services Sewage services out of action in most flooded areas. Widespread sewage contamination in urban areas flooded.
Water services Water pumping stations out of action in most areas flooded. Underground water resources contaminated with salt water.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agriculture and farming

FACTOR NUMBER
Livestock 46,000 head of livestock lost
Agricultural land 160,000 acres inundated and not useable for several years

 

 

 

 

 

Industry

FACTOR NUMBER
Industrial premises Over 200 major industrial premises inundated


 

 

Overall damage

FACTOR NUMBER
Estimated damage £50m at 1953 prices

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