Learn the lesson from 1953 floods and be prepared
SINCE 1953, a lot has changed along the Lincolnshire Coast to help protect the land.
Sea defences are now stronger and emergency services have a robust plan in place for dealing with future incidents.
The Lincolnshire Resilience Forum is continuing to remind people about the importance of being prepared for East Coast flooding.
The group is reminding people that they should sign up to Floodline on 0845 9881188 and complete their own personal flood plan at www.lincolnshireprepared.co.uk
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The forum is chaired by Neil Rhodes, the chief constable of Lincolnshire Police, who said: "As we move into storm season, and with the 60th anniversary of the 1953 East Coast Floods fast approaching, we are encouraging local communities to make sure they have taken steps to prepare for flooding along the Lincolnshire coast.
"While Lincolnshire is a safe place to live and work, the hazards the county is most at risk from have been identified."
Throughout its long history, the UK as a whole has suffered many devastating floods, from the formation of the North Sea about 20,000 years ago, to more recent events such as those experienced in northern England in 2011.
Coastal flooding is most likely to occur during our storm season, which generally runs from September through to March. It is caused by a combination of high tides, stormy weather and low pressure weather systems forcing the sea to overwhelm our defences and flood low-lying coastal land – as happened in 1953.
The head of emergency planning at Lincolnshire County Council, David Powell, said: "Much has changed since then, and investment in flood defences has made the area better protected than at any time.
"We have developed plans and procedures to protect and evacuate people in the event of flooding, and we regularly practise these to ensure their effectiveness.
"While we cannot prevent or control these types of disaster, it is important to understand the hazards we face, what the effects can be, what we can do, and the steps we can take to ensure we stay safe and recover as quickly as possible.
"Individual action is important, but communities can work together to put plans in place. Only by working in partnership can we reduce the risk of flooding to ourselves, our families and our communities. We're prepared for coastal flooding in Lincolnshire – are you?"
Mr Rhodes added: "A fantastic way for the younger generation to understand what happened in 1953 can be found at our website at www.Y53.co.uk, which looks at the science behind the storm in an easy to understand and fun format.
"It invites children to research their own family history to see what they can learn about the events and asks the question of could it, or will it happen again."