Category: North Sea Flood of 1953

Categories: Floods | Belgium, Disasters | Dutch Disasters | England, Disasters | Scotland, Disasters


The 1953 North Sea flood was a major flood caused by a heavy storm that occurred on the night of Saturday, 31 January 1953 and morning of Sunday, 1 February 1953. The floods struck the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland.

A combination of a high spring tide and a severe European windstorm over the North Sea caused a storm tide; the combination of wind, high tide, and low pressure led to a water level of more than 5.6 metres (18.4 ft) above mean sea level in some locations. The flood and waves overwhelmed sea defences and caused extensive flooding.

The Netherlands, a country with 20% of its territory below mean sea level and 50% less than 1 metre (3.3 ft) above sea level and which relies heavily on sea defences, was worst affected, recording 1,836 deaths and widespread property damage. Most of the casualties occurred in the southern province of Zeeland. In England, 307 people were killed in the counties of Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Nineteen were killed in Scotland. Twenty-eight people were killed in West Flanders, Belgium.

Source: North Sea Flood 1953

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Person Profiles (10)

10 Oct 1900 Zaamslag, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
16 Mar 1940 Kruiningen, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
05 Oct 1906 Oosterland, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
10 Aug 1902 Driewegen, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
06 Nov 1876 Ellewoutsdijk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
03 Aug 1917 Wolphaartsdijk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
29 Apr 1951 Kruiningen, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
30 Jul 1937 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
03 Aug 1910 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
16 Jul 1922 Schore, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953




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