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Damage assessed as tidal surge clean up continues

The last few days have demonstrated the benefits of good flood defences.

It has been the UK's worst storm surge for sixty years and although the damage has been extensive - fourteen hundred homes have been flooded and several destroyed.

However it was a great deal worse in 1953 - back then more than three hundred people died.

So what has changed in the intervening years? David Rooke is the Environment Agency's director of flood and coastal risk

  • 07 Dec 2013
  • From the section UK