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Published June 1, 2018

View of Canvey Island during the floods from a US Army helicopter.
View of Canvey Island during the floods from a US Army helicopter. Source:

I first heard about the North Sea Floods of 1953 from my mother. She grew up in Dartford, Kent, and was old enough to recall the disaster. Unfortunately, I never recorded her recollections when I had the chance.

I should also note that I am aware how UK-centric this episode is. As a Brit myself, it’s obviously a lot easier to research the impact on my own country. I hope to come back to this topic in a future episode from the Continental point of view, and redress the balance.

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Sources and Further Reading:

Eye witness accounts from Suffolk

Ipswich Star article – interview with Doris Watkins

British Pathé footage of the Princess Victoria on YouTube

British Pathé footage of the floods in the Netherlands on YouTube

Timewatch documentary on YouTube

Canvey Island footage on YouTube

Wikipedia article on the floods

1953 East Coast Flood – Met Office

The North Sea Flood of 1953 – Environment and Society Portal

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