Floods kill, wreak havoc and cost billions. And we know they’re coming. So why aren’t we doing anything about them?
On the night of 31 January 1953, a high tide was expected, but what came with it was something no one had predicted. A storm was gathering over the North Sea, with low atmospheric pressure sucking up the waves, raising the sea level dramatically, and high winds whipping the waves to fury. When it hit the UK’s east coast, the waters broke high over seawalls and surged as far as 10 miles inland. There was no warning and, with primitive communications, little ability to tell people of the danger when it became apparent.
- UK warned over further flooding (bbc.co.uk)
- United Kingdom: We must be prepared for the flooding caused by a ‘new kind of rain,’ says Lord Smith (telegraph.co.uk)
- Floods: a disaster waiting to happen (oddonion.com)
- High tide flooding…Ocean View Hotel suffers major damage; alert ends today (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
- Surf’s up for some as weather warning predicts gales and flooding (independent.ie)