The scale of the devastation caused that fateful January night forced the government to investigate wider flood and disaster protection measures in the UK, leading to many major features of today's flood defences and disaster policy, including both the National Severe Weather Warning Service and the Thames Flood Barrier (clued up readers will note the error in the 1st paragraph of the Wiki article I link to, if you do leave me a comment!)
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of such a catastrophic and influential event, I have created the below video which introduces the harrowing events from 1953 and revisits some of the afflicted regions today.
As seen in the video, the below images from Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk highlight how little has changed in some of the regions worst effected by the flooding in 1953:
The harbour at Well-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, 1st February 1953 and today
|The Great Wall along the western side of the harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk in early February 1953 and today (Inset: Steers 1953 © Jon Wiley & Sons. Main: Alexander Hall © 2013)|
- Some rare footage of the floods released by the Environment Agency to coincide with the anniversary.
- A pdf of the Farmers Weekly special flood edition from February 1953, complete with shocking images of dead livestock and lots of figures on how hard farmers in the region were hit.
- A retrospective on the floods from the 50th anniversary, which includes consideration on "What if the 1953 floods occurred today?"
- Information on the 2002 BBC Timewatch documentary, The Greatest Storm
- Footage of some of the devastation caused by the flooding in the British Pathé Online archive