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The day the water struck

PUBLISHED: 01:01 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:00 22 October 2010

It was one of the worst floods of last century and caused chaos across Norfolk. Hundreds of properties were flooded and a landmark pier was swept away in the furious sea during the floods of 1978.

It was one of the worst floods of last century and caused chaos across Norfolk.

Hundreds of properties were flooded and a landmark pier was swept away in the furious sea during the floods of 1978.

Today is exactly 30 years since the storms and the floods ripped across the region in what was the worst flooding incident since 1953.

The sea had battered the coast, causing havoc to hundreds of residents who lived between Wisbech and Walcott.

Now, an exhibition is to be held to mark the 30th anniversary.

The Green Quay Wash Discovery Centre, at King's Lynn, will be hosting the exhibition, which will include old photographs and newspaper cuttings documenting the floods.

Most of Hunstanton Pier was swept away during the floods and hundreds of caravans at Snettisham and Hunstanton were overturned.

There was also extensive flooding at Wisbech, and the hospital had to be closed for weeks.

A large area of Lynn town centre was under three feet of water and many other places around the coast suffered damage.

As part of the exhibition, the Environment Agency will also stage a display about its flood warning system in a bid to raise awareness.

It will also include information about which areas are still at risk of flooding today.

Michael Dennis, centre manager, said: “We have lots of items to put on display, including old prints and pictures and newspaper cuttings.

“The 1978 floods were not bigger than the 1953 floods in terms of the loss of life, but people still remember it and we felt we should mark the event 30 years on.

“It is still very much in people's memories.”

The exhibition will be held at the centre from tomorrow and will run throughout January and February.

Admission is free and it will be open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm.

For more information call 01553 818500.

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