Article written by David Shukman Science editor
The 1953 flood caused widespread damage across Eastern England
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A grim saga of ignorance and incompetence that allowed a vicious storm to kill more than 300 people is remembered in dozens of coastal communities today.
A huge surge of water swept down the North Sea on 31 January 1953, pulverising the east and south-east coasts of England in an onslaught with powerful echoes even now.
That national trauma 60 years ago – one of the worst peacetime disasters in British history – still guides research into the dangers of coastal flooding and the efforts to manage defences against it.