60 years since devastation in East Anglia, we face a new risk from the sea | Jules Pretty | Environment | guardian.co.uk
Sixty years ago today, floods and gales shattered the east coast and its communities. Every East Anglian of a certain age still remembers the 1953 floods, when sea walls were breached in over 1,000 places, and more than 300 people died.
Three events combined: full moon, a deep trough of low-pressure that sucked up the sea by an extra foot, and violent gales which lasted many hours. The high tide came down the North Sea as a giant standing wave, and the coast would at first be threatened, and then in a few short hours overtopped and soundly beaten.
Domestically, climate change has brought alternating drought and floods, and the policy focus has turned inland.