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You are in: Suffolk » Don't Miss » 1953 East Coast Floods

Wednesday 29th January, 2003 - 09:00 GMT
1953 floods - What areas were affected?
The East Anglia was greatly affected by the tidal surge which then flooded many areas. Here we look at the other places that were affected.
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How was Lowestoft affected?

  • new North Sea wall completed the previous year (cost £300,000), undamaged after the storm

  • no loss of life or serious injury and defences held

  • 40' high cliff of sand was driven back 40’, where cliff was only 6’ it was driven back 90’

  • rescue of youngsters from St John's Church by boat

  • 400 houses flooded

  • South front badly damaged

  • sea swamped old Beach Village - still inhabited then by fishermen’s families

  • Ness Point gas works swamped, cutting off supplies

  • railway line from Lowestoft to Norwich was cut

  • off the coast the Lowestoft trawler "Guava" sank without trace - 11 men lost

What damage occurred in Oulton Broad?

  • sea wall at Lowestoft saved Oulton Broad from too much damage, but a 5 metre breach in the earthen retaining seawall caused flooding at height of storm

  • Nicholas Everitt Park flooded to depth of several metres

What were the affects to Southwold?

Southwold - (pic 24seven)
Southwold - (pic 24seven)

  • five people drowned in the bungalows in Ferry Road, one body never found

  • one American family from Bentwaters were saved after their bungalow was carried 400 yards onto the marshes

  • tidal surge struck north and south of the town, causing extensive flooding

  • town cut off for 48 hours

  • driver trapped on bridge between Southwold and Reydon for 10 hours

How was Aldeburgh affected?

  • no loss of life

  • damage to High Street and Crabbe Street due to breeches

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