Lowestoft Against the Elements

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The flooding of low-lying areas of the east coast during the evening and night of the 31st January 1953 was the greatest catastrophe that had occurred in Great Britain since global hostilities ended in 1945. There was no loss of life in Lowestoft because the town’s sea walls were not breached, even though they were severely damaged. The extent of Lowestoft’s relative good fortune can be gauged by the fact that in Gt. Yarmouth nine people died and 10,000 people had to abandon their homes as a result of flooding from the frontal assault of the sea, the overflowing of the River Yare and the collapse to the rear of the town of the banks of Breydon Water.

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