I was thirteen when the Great flood of Canvey Island happened.
At that time, we did not have TV, but the graphic photographs in the newspapers, and the Pathe News coverage at the local cinema gave a vivid and lasting record, in my mind’s memory at least, of a terrible tragedy.
In another life, when I studied, and even later taught, navigation, the phenomenon of the combined results of strong winds and spring tides on that occasion were often quoted.
These days, we hear a lot about ‘Global Warming’
Tonight we have a reported surge of at least 3m of water coming down from the North Sea. We are one day shy of one of the highest spring tides.
High winds are forecast.
Eight Severe flood warnings have been issued.
Perhaps the greatest differences from 1953 are:
1 That we have far better communications these days, and advance warnings.
2 The Prime Minister is in conference in COBRA and everything that can be done should be well supervised with clear advance information
3 We have the Thames Barrier which is to be closed at 2000 hours tonight.
For those who were not around in 1953 and maybe think it was akin to the dreadful flooding experienced earlier this year ( when we, ourselves were too close for comfort), there is coverage here.
Good Luck tonight, people of the East Coast, we are thinking of you.
At least you are forewarned this time!