The Environment Agency has today (Saturday) posted figures showing how devastating this week’s tidal surge floods would have been for the Skegness area if defences hadn’t been in place.
The tidal surge was the worst to hit the UK since the infamous floods of 1953, which claimed the lives of over 2,500 people living on North Sea coasts.
In some areas, the surge was even higher than in ‘53.
But despite the huge surge, no lives were lost in the 2013 event as a direct result of the sea.
And now the scale of the devastation this area avoided has been revealed.
A frightening 10,182 properties would have been inundated by the sea in the Skegness area alone if the many flood defences had not existed when Thursday’s huge tidal surge battered the Lincolnshire coastline - official figures have shown.
Despite the devastation in Boston, the Environment Agency also claims that a further 16,978 properties in that area would also have suffered from the coastal flood without the existing flood walls, drains and pumping stations.
The single biggest beneficiaries of flood defences in the UK were the Hull area and those protected by the Thames Barrier in London - with a whopping 480,000 properties protected from the surge in those two areas.
The figures were revealed by the Environment Agency in a map it uploaded to the social photo website Flickr today (Saturday).
The image states that 800,000 properties were “protected from flooding by [the agency’s] barriers, walls and flood banks”.