This past Thursday and Friday the UK was battered with fierce wind storms which had the nation on alert for severe flooding. The news channels were predicting that it could be as bad as the Flood of 1953 which killed thousands across Europe and is an event that haunts the Dutch to this day. (Check out the Dutch film De Storm if you want a better idea.) The lesson was learned after 53′ and European nations who shared coastline on the North Sea constructed floor barriers to ensure a similar catastrophe never happened again.
It is no wonder people were nervous, and rightly so- it was the worst tidal surge in over sixty years. The tidal surge hit Southern England causing wide spread evacuations and over a thousand people to lose their home to flooding just weeks before Christmas. The bigger story, however, seemed to be what didn’t happen. The infrastructure that was built after 53′ held up, saving thousands of lives and homes in the process. My heart goes out to those who are in the midst of clean-up this weekend and those who lost important possessions or businesses. There is mostly good news in the UK storm of 2013, because the people are still around to re-build- there is a modern miracle somewhere in that story.
Folkestone was largely unaffected by the storm, unlike many of our neighboring towns in Kent. These pictures were taken at high-tide on Friday to document the storm in my coastal town.
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