NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
4th February, 1953 : Hurricane winds combined with high tides to bring disaster to Britain’s east coast. As sea defences collapsed from Lincolnshire in the north to Kent in the south, at least 280 people are known to have drowned and thousands more made homeless. A major rescue operation is under way to save hundreds of people trapped on rooftops by an eight-foot wall of water, some in villages more than five miles inland. Damage is estimated in hundreds of millions of pounds.