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Hunstanton sees a tide of over 27ft for tenth time this year, Lynn News letters

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Altogether this year in Hunstanton we have had ten tides of over 27 feet, which as far as I can remember, hasn’t happened in one year. Before, we might have had two or three tides of that height in a year, but not ten.

So a flood alert was put in place for Snettisham, Heacham and Hunstanton, as it should have been.

But you do not need extra high tides here in the Wash to get flooding, you must have gale force winds coming from the north west and this weekend we were lucky as the wind was only moderate.

Hunstanton at high tide. (18211918)
Hunstanton at high tide. (18211918)

On the Saturday night of January 31, 1953, the predicted height of the tide at Lynn was 22.9ft at 7.35pm, the tide that night had already reached 24ft at 5.30pm, and also gale force winds from the north west had been keeping the water in the river for the last three days. The harbour contacted the police at 5.30pm and they went round the town with loud speakers warning everyone but as we know it was too late.

The Wash is like a funnel and when you get winds and tides together like that in 1953, there is nowhere for the water to go but over the land. In the future we will no doubt get a lot more tides of 27 feet and more. Just let’s hope the wind keeps away as it did this last weekend.

Dick Melton


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