Disastrous floods from 1953 echoed 60 years on

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Today marks the official 60th anniversary of the 1953 East Coast Floods and we commemorate the 42 lives that were lost.

It’s 60 years ago today that the strong forces of nature took hold of the coast, causing terror and destruction.

As the crashing tides tore through flood defences, residents in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea were unaware of the devastation that was soon to come bursting through their lives.

The floods of 1953, took the UK by surprise, as hoards of water ripped through housing in seconds, swept people off their feet and submerged everything in its path.

But for the people on the East Coast it was a phase that has gone down in history as one of worst flood-related disasters on record, with 42 lives lost on local lands alone.

Now 60 years on, the Mablethorpe Leader joins the main local residents, media streams and dignitaries to commemorate the anniversary of an event which touched the lives of so many.

As the day drew to its end and the night had fallen, for most it was night they would never forget.

All it took was a minimal number of hours for the North Sea and its high tides to force its way through sea defences and drift its way swiftly through houses, local businesses and farmland as it reached several miles inland.

Resulting in thousands being left homeless, jobless and the notion that hundreds of pets and animals, sadly had to be left abandoned or were trapped.

Unfortunately for people living in the 1900s, the things we take for granted today, were amenities people could only dream of.

Their main source of contact during the time of 1953 was radio communication, if not for this vital service, people would have been stranded for even longer.

After tragedy and loss had run its course on that fateful night, thousands were evacuated to the safety of their inland neighbours of Alford and Louth.

Then began the mission for loved ones to be reunited with the family members that they may had been separated from and the plans to begin the long and difficult rebuilding process.

Continue your journey through the 1953 floods and how flood defences today are keeping the tides at bay, yet preparation still takes place for possible flooding in the future.

See pages, 6, 7, 27 and 28.

This flood feature wouldn’t have been possible without the support from people who have got in contact with their flood memories and pictures. A big thank you goes out to everyone who made a contribution.