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Watch: Brightlingsea resident describes living through 1953 floods

Brightlingsea resident Malcolm ‘Mac’ MacGregor features in an Essex Climate Action Commission video, telling what it was like to be in Canvey Island when the great flood of 1953 struck.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the worst floods in England and Scotland during the 20th Century. It was one of Britain’s most significant peacetime tragedies, with Winston Churchill calling it a “shocking and tragic disaster”.

Malcom and his family were among around 10,000 people evacuated from Canvey Island, which was one of the worst-hit areas with 58 people losing their lives. In Jaywick, 35 people died, and there were 120 total deaths recorded in Essex.

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