1953 Flood exhibitions
There was an overwhelming response to the ’53 Flood Exhibition sponsored by the Alde and Ore Association. The event marked the 60th anniversary of the day that the local community woke up to find the river walls had breached and they were under water. If you missed the events, catch up at www.53flood.org.uk.
The events were very well attended; over 2,000 visited the exhibitions and about 600 saw the film. The Association would like to thank everyone for their interest and support. Although the main purpose of the weekend was to remember the enormity of the disaster, it also brought into focus our current issues in working to prevent a further catastrophic flood. Maintaining the river defences is paramount, and although the Environment Agency still remains responsible for defending areas of high density, the Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership is in the process of deciding how best to raise funds to ensure the river walls are properly maintained so that even if they overtop during a surge tide, they should not breach. Considering ways to prepare your home and families in event of flooding should of course be started now and not left until a surge tide is forecast. By then it will be too late.