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.

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B

10 Oct 1900 Zaamslag, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953 photo
16 Mar 1940 Kruiningen, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

C

05 Oct 1906 Oosterland, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

D

08 Oct 1909 Oosterland, Zeeland, Netherlands - 01 Feb 1953 photo
10 Aug 1902 Driewegen, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
06 Nov 1876 Ellewoutsdijk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
04 Nov 1909 Brouwershaven, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
18 Nov 1947 Noordgouwe, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
28 Aug 1916 Stavenisse, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

G

03 Aug 1917 Wolphaartsdijk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
29 Apr 1951 Kruiningen, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

H

07 Sep 1898 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

K

30 Jul 1937 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
03 Aug 1910 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

P

09 Aug 1885 Stavenisse, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
27 Mar 1882 Stavenisse, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
03 Jul 1914 Stavenisse, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

R

16 Jul 1922 Schore, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

T

10 Nov 1946 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
10 Jul 1952 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
09 Oct 1920 Oosterland, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

V

07 Feb 1895 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
07 Jul 1940 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953

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07 Jun 1950 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
20 May 1906 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953 photo
05 Oct 1925 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
11 Dec 1946 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
24 May 1937 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
14 Mar 1901 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
21 Jun 1933 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
24 Dec 1928 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
01 Oct 1938 Nieuwerkerk, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953
15 Aug 1884 Stavenisse, Zeeland, Nederland - 01 Feb 1953




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