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Wednesday 29th January, 2003 - 09:00 GMT
1953 floods - What areas were affected?
Peewit Hill, Felixstowe
Peewit Hill, Felixstowe (photo: Derek Swann)
The floods on the night of the 31st January/1st February 1953 have become known as the greatest peace time disaster.
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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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In Suffolk, virtually no warnings were received because of the phone lines being down due to the earlier gales.

The tide was eight feet above predicted levels and when the surge came, it left 44 people dead and hundreds of people homeless.

Felixstowe experienced the worst of the flooding, when 39 people died - 13 of them children. In Southwold five people were lost in the bungalows on Ferry Road.

The sea overwhelmed the grazing marshes of the Deben, Orwell and Stour valleys, killing virtually everything - plants and animals. It was years before the earthworm was seen again.

Every river estuary and valley in the east of the county was affected - some to a depth of ten feet.

Free gypsum was distributed by the Government to counteract the salt in the soil, but land had to stand idle sfor three years.

This was the sequence of events as the tide surged along the Suffolk coastline:

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