Flooding in Lincolnshire in 1953 ~ Disaster !
I sit here in my study, it’s not yet 6am, the room lit only by a Bankers Lamp, the wind howling around the eaves, the trees, despite being sans foliage, bend to its will and the rain drums a relentless tattoo against the window . . .
They say you should never start a book with a description of the weather but in this case it’s entirely forgivable (even if my prose isn’t)
It’s the 60th anniversary of massive floods in Lincolnshire . . .
This week saw Flood Warnings issued by Weather Forecasters and the Water Boards, driving through Lincolnshire I’ve seen flooded fields as The Snow melts and the rain comes down but it’s a country mile from the North Sea Floods which were suffered by Lincolnshire in 1953.
31 January – 1 February 1953 saw unprecedented flooding for areas bordering the North Sea, the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland were catastrophically affected . . .
100s of people died . . .
The army took over in Lincolnshire in what the press dubbed Lincolnshire Dunkirk.
People were evacuated as 900 troops took command of the operation.
In Mablethorpe there was a complete evacuation of all residents ordered.
In Skegness 200 people were left homeless and the famous Holiday Camp was completely under water.
Cleethorpes to Barton coasts saw heavy flooding, ships turned over in Immingham Docks and people were evacuated from Goxhill.
I’ll refrain from a load of boring statistics as they’re available elsewhere and offer nothing new.
What I’d be very keen to hear of though is stories related to this, either from press reports, anecdotal or personal experience - the human interest angle of living history is ever of interest.
My thanks to Neville for the forewarning and also for a scan.
Regards to all,