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Flood awareness campaign launched

The Environment Agency last week used the 60th anniversary of the 1953 East Coast Floods, one of Britain’s worst natural disasters, to warn the 1.3M people at risk of coastal flooding in England and Wales to be prepared for coastal floods in the future.

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The 1953 floods resulted in 307 deaths and the evacuation of over 30,000 people. Despite the floods acting as a catalyst for flood defence investment, today one in 25 homes in England and Wales is still at risk from coastal flooding, and this is expected to increase with a changing climate and rising sea levels. People living and working on the coast need to know their flood risk and sign up to free flood warnings, the Agency said.

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