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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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What damage occurred in Woodbridge?

Woodbridge Station -  (Eric Smith).
Woodbridge Station - (pic - Eric Smith)

  • 50 breaks in River Deben between the bandstand at Woodbridge and Kyson Point

  • trains on Ipswich-Lowestoft line through Woodbridge were abandoned - water reached platform level

  • cinema, near the railway, was under 4ft of water at one end

What happened in Shingle Street?

  • cut off for four days

What affects occured in Felixtowe Ferry?

  • flood waters arrived at 11.30pm

  • reached a depth of 4’ 10 1/2" at the Ferry Boat Inn and a brass plaque marks the spot

How was Ipswich affected?

  • River Orwell at Ipswich rose and broke its banks

  • Princes Street was knee deep in water

  • Commercial Road, Quay Street, Fore Street and Grimwade Street were 4’ deep

  • pregnant woman rescued from Wolsey Street

  • Attfield & Daughters, formerly books and antique shop in St Stephen’s Lane, used to be The Sun Inn. In the basement is a line on the wall about 4’6" up from the floor marking where the 1953 floods came to. Ipswich Society may have more info.

How was Bawdsey affected?

  • 35 breaches in the five mile dam between Bawdsey Ferry and Ramsholt
  • extensive flooding at the RAF station
  • two of the breaches were over 100 yards long
  • water had gone back as far as Woodbridge and Melton

What happened in Thorpeness?

  • sea crashed over the top of shingle bank onto sand dunes, gouging a channel about 50 ft wide
  • took a month to fill the breach, which had taken three hours to form

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