Aldeburgh & Orford - flood damage repairs

  • Theme - Environment
  • Year - 1953
  • Location - Southwold
  • Filmmaker - Mr Whitwell


This film is not only a tremendous record of the devastation caused by the 1953 East Coast floods but shows the resolute determination and spirit of local volunteers to help stem the flow and repair the damage done to our sea defences. The Alde and Ore estuary was badly effected and the sea and river walls breached flooding homes and acres of land. Local employer Mr Whitwell filmed a scene on the banks reminiscent of the 1st World War trenches as people rallied to fill sacks with mud to build makeshift sea defences.


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