Freak weather and the port
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London and the threat of floods
A large part of London lies on the floodplain of the River Thames and its tributaries - the Brent, Fleet, Lea, Roding and many others. Because of this, the city has always been vulnerable to sudden extremes of weather.
The great floods of 1953
The floods of 1953 were a major disaster for Britain and the Netherlands. On 31 January several factors came together to produce one of the worst floods in British history:
On the evening of 31 January huge waves battered the east coast. A devastating tidal surge rushed up the Thames, with sea levels 3 metres above normal in some places.
A trail of death
London was very fortunate to escape the worst of the flooding. The Thames and the Lea burst their banks and damaged more than 1100 houses in Silvertown and Canning Town, but the floods did not reach central London.
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