Building The Canvey Sea Defence
The Illustrated London News January 30th 1954
Insuring that the disaster of a year ago shall not occur again.
Almost exactly a year ago today (30th January) and on the night of January 31st/February 1st 1953, the great storm burst through the sea defences of the East coast and nowhere more destructively than on Canvey Island in the Thames estuary of the Essex coast. No fewer than sixty-eight men, women and children perished in the floods, the island was for a time evacuated, and very extensive damage to property was done. Since then the work to rehabilitation has gone forward ????gly.
As reported in the issue of September 19, 1953, the resort had a record Bank Holiday. The population is back at its original numbers with only a few houses empty. It is reported that the L.C.C. are to be invited to create a housing estate of 2000 houses, and as shown in our photographs the work at rebuilding the sea defences is nearing completion. The estimated cost of this operation, for which the Essex River Board is responsible, is in the region of £500,000. Among the materials used are 2000 tons of steel sheet piling, 30,000 blocks of concrete, and 550,000 cubic tons of clay.