BBC News – Legacy of Britain’s great flood

30 January 2013 Last updated at 21:40 ET

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.

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