RAFĀ Cardington Camp

The Great Flood February 1953

On February 3rd 1953 the station was called upon to provide aid to villages devastated by floods along the East Coast. During the night of January 31 and February 1 following gales of up to 100 mph, huge parts of the East Coast suffered severe flooding when sea defences were breached on both sides of the North Sea.

In England over 300 people were killed in the storm which affected parts of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Over 24,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and 40,000 people were evacuated. However the Netherlands suffered greater turmoil with over 1,800 people losing their lives.

1 Canvey Island
3  Benfleet Downs
2 Canvey Island

Shown above images of Benfleet and Canvey Island on the afternath of the flood. Men from RAF Cardington were sent to the area to assist and rebuild defences.

Flood Orb Feb 1953

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