VIDEO: Have lessons been learned from Canvey flood disaster?

VIDEO: Have lessons been learned from Canvey flood disaster?

VIDEO: Have lessons been learned from Canvey flood disaster?

First published in Local News

ON the eve of the anniversary of the 1953 Canvey flood disaster, a university is asking if any lessons have been learned.

Today such floods, caused by storm surges, are predicted by a warning system implemented after the 1953 flood.

Despite the warning system, coastal flooding remains a key concern both for residents and government. In 2007 warnings from the system led to the government calling a meeting of the emergency COBRA committee.The impact of coastal flooding is predicted to become worse due to climate change.

The early history of this warning system and who paid for the research behind it has recently been researched by Anna Carlsson-Hyslop from the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, funded by the ESRC.

Scientists based at the Liverpool Observatory and Tidal Institute had researched storm surges since the 1920s.

The scientists, housed in the Bidston Observatory on the Wirral peninsula, had been funded by the shipping industry, the Navy and local government, but central government rejected funding requests for surge science until after the 1953 flood.

 

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5:32pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

I wondered why Canvey had it's pumping stations renewed , and a new flood gate for Benfleet creek, are we being told the full story???
I wondered why Canvey had it's pumping stations renewed , and a new flood gate for Benfleet creek, are we being told the full story??? Carnabackable
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5:35pm Wed 30 Jan 13

iknowbetter says...

Have any lessons been learnt? I dont think they have, continuing to over populate an area situated in a flood risk zone 3 is not really the ideas of anyone having learnt anything, except putting even more people at risk.
Money talks though and it would seem that it is more important then lives.
Have any lessons been learnt? I dont think they have, continuing to over populate an area situated in a flood risk zone 3 is not really the ideas of anyone having learnt anything, except putting even more people at risk. Money talks though and it would seem that it is more important then lives. iknowbetter
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9:21pm Wed 30 Jan 13

marshman says...

The biggest lesson learnt is that when the sea wants to come calling it will and that no amount of protection is enough.
The biggest lesson learnt is that when the sea wants to come calling it will and that no amount of protection is enough. marshman
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10:05pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Hugh.Janus says...

Marshman is right, if the sea wants to invade there is little that we can do about it.
Take Japan for instance, following their earthquake they all thought the 10 meter sea wall they had built would protect them for a tsunami. What they did not account for was a wall of water 10 meters high and the land surrounding the earthquake dropping by a meter, meaning that the wall was 1 meter short of stopping the tsunami and over it went, killing 1000s.
I am not saying that this would happen here but to ignore the dangers of a possible flood sometime in the future if the same elements as happened 60 years ago occurred and came together again, who knows?
It is therefore somewhat irresponsible to keep building houses on a flood plain and potentially putting more lives at risk. This Island has a big enough population now, it does not need any more building on it.
Marshman is right, if the sea wants to invade there is little that we can do about it. Take Japan for instance, following their earthquake they all thought the 10 meter sea wall they had built would protect them for a tsunami. What they did not account for was a wall of water 10 meters high and the land surrounding the earthquake dropping by a meter, meaning that the wall was 1 meter short of stopping the tsunami and over it went, killing 1000s. I am not saying that this would happen here but to ignore the dangers of a possible flood sometime in the future if the same elements as happened 60 years ago occurred and came together again, who knows? It is therefore somewhat irresponsible to keep building houses on a flood plain and potentially putting more lives at risk. This Island has a big enough population now, it does not need any more building on it. Hugh.Janus
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10:24pm Wed 30 Jan 13

SARFENDMAN says...

The real danger is a false sense of security and the big unanswerable question is the Titanic syndrome. Another flood is not impossible should nature decide to put all the required elements together. However there will at be fair warning with improvements in science & communications but will anyone take notice?
The real danger is a false sense of security and the big unanswerable question is the Titanic syndrome. Another flood is not impossible should nature decide to put all the required elements together. However there will at be fair warning with improvements in science & communications but will anyone take notice? SARFENDMAN
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