The Great Flood

On the night of 31st January 1953 a tidal surge came down the north sea flooding low lying lands in its path. Canvey Island was badly hit with the Sea Wall washing away in the Tewkes Creek area.

58 people lost their lives and the Island was evacuated.

This section is dedicated to all those who lost their lives and all those who lived through this ordeal.

Please add your Photos and memories to this section.

A New Plaque in memory of the Flood Victims was unveiled outside the library on the 1st February 2011. 

On the 1st February 2013 a plaque to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Great Flood was unveiled outside the library, with a short service.

In July 2014 a mural telling the story of our seawall and the floods was finished and celebrated. You can see pictures here.

Page link: To the Women of Canvey
To the Women of Canvey
There was going to be a plaque
Page link: Telephone Exchange Oxford Road
Telephone Exchange Oxford Road
1953 flood damaged
Page link: STC News 1984
STC News 1984
What do you remember of 1953?
Page link: The Nevada Road Area after the Flood
The Nevada Road Area after the Flood
Never seen before photos
Page link: The World's Weirdest Weather
The World's Weirdest Weather
Canvey in the spotlight
Page link: After the floods
After the floods
by Fred McCave 1981
Category link: Flood Artifacts
Flood Artifacts
Items from the 1953 flood
Category link: Art and Verse
Art and Verse
Depicting the flood in '53
Category link: Flood films
Flood films
Film records of the 1953 flood
Category link: Flood Memorials
Flood Memorials
1953 remembered
Category link: Flood Photos
Flood Photos
Photos from the floods 1953
Category link: Papers and Reports
Papers and Reports
From February 1953
Category link: Peoples' Stories
Peoples' Stories
The survivors tell their stories
Category link: The play 'A Town in the Sea' 2004
The play 'A Town in the Sea' 2004
photos, memories and programme from the 'Flood' project