Army and Emergency services

Canvey 1953

By Janet Penn

Three clips on the ITN Source site. The overall story is:

  • Scenes of flooding and army and emergency services engaged in flood prevention operations in England, 1953. 

The second one is the one we are interested in. The description states:

  • Canvey Island. Pipes (hoses) / Man rowing boat (with one passenger) down flooded street past building and monument / Man riding bike down flooded street / Lorry and bus passing each other as along down flooded street / Double decker bus driving through floods / Trucks driving through flooded street / Soldiers loading sandbags onto back of DUKW (amphibious army vehicle) / Various of troops next to sandbags / Army radio operator directing operations via field radio / More of soldiers loading sandbags / Soldiers eating from mess tins / Sandbags / Soldiers loading sand bags onto truck / Duck along past houses on flooded street / Soldiers putting sandbags onto barge / Troops carrying sandbags by side of river / Troops putting bags on flood defences / Flood water rushing through emergency sluice gate / Soldiers with sandbags
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This page was added by Janet Penn on 05/10/2011.
Comments about this page

Hello The scene with the chap cycling through the water and the bus is Civic Square Tilbury. Unlike Canvey it looks the same today Regards Sparrow

By sparrow
On 05/10/2011