Glimpse history through old images of Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire, England.
Flooding in 1953
This silent, black and white footage shows the impact of flooding in 1953.
Crowds gather at The Cross Inn, with evacuees holding just a family pet or a few possessions. Everyone, from the police to civilians, wear boots or wellingtons to trudge through the mud. The British Army and RAF have come to help, bringing an amphibious vehicle.
The scenes of the village are startling. The water is still high, and men hold on to the outside of crowded lorries to get through. There’s an abandoned boat, two men struggling through the water with a large bag, and a smashed shop front. A crane struggles to move a wrecked car out of the dyke.
Then we see the evacuation centre at Alford. Men, women, the elderly, children, and even pets wait patiently. It’s probably cold, because thet are all dressed in coats and hats.
It’s back to the streets, where Funland faces a river where the road should be. After seeing more scenes of damage, we watch people struggling to lift an older lady out of the back of a lorry.
Other evacuees walk along to the evacuation centre at Alford, many of them elderly and some with visible health issues.
Further scenes show the damage at Ingold Mells and the Butlins Camp.
Lincolnshire Flooding (1953) – British Pathé (YouTube)