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Title: Jaywick sea defence system
Author: National Rivers Authority Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
For Jaywick, a popular summer resort on the Essex coast, the night of 31 January 1953 was one of horror and disaster. A surge tide breached the sea wall; long lengths west of Cocketwick were destroyed and many areas were inundated. In that night 35 people were drowned and 600 made homeless. Twenty-five years later, on New Year s Eve 1978 an easterly storm inflicted severe damage on 100 metres of the Jaywick wall. This time 320 people were evacuated and only weather improvement and emergency repairs averted another major disaster. New Years Eve 1983 saw a further incident when 35 hectares of lowlying residential area was flooded up to 1.5 metres and evacuations were again necessary. Almost every winter, prior to the scheme, minor flooding occurred several times due to wave overtopping.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1993
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: Flood risk managementFlood controlCoastsBeachesFlood barriersFlooding
Geographic Keywords: Jaywick
Extent: n.p. [6]
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