A poignant interview with Geoff Barsby and filmed scenes of the 1953 floods. An intrinsic part of Canvey Island history, an event that should never be forgotten.

The power of nature is ever present.




The drastic change planned for the Dutch Village Fields, or Land East of Canvey Road as the Castle Point Council prefer to refer to it , and the loss of amenity Green Belt can be viewed via this LINK to Persimmons website.


Flood Plain & Evacuation


The Environment Agency have deemed Canvey Island a flood plain, area risk 3, the highest level and stopped all development. The Council are clouding this with a low - medium risk assessment, but we still in the highest risk area.

We all have confidence in our sea defences, but over the years we have seen the projections of sea level rise being adjusted higher and higher. It is highly unlikely that there will be a requirement to evacuate Canvey Island due to the high level of protection in place. However the situation may change should there be a breach of the sea defences. It will be normally impossible for there to be any form of general evacuation from Canvey Island if serious flooding occurs until the flood subsides.

Householders have been advised that they should move to an upstairs room if flooding takes place Persons living in bungalows should take refuge with neighbours in houses. As far as possible CANVEY WAY, CANVEY ROAD and LONG ROAD will be restricted to Emergency Traffic unless the operational assessment of the situation by the Police decides otherwise. So much for an emergency plan, should it be needed for flooding or a major incident. Whilst this threat hangs over us is it sensible to further stretch the emergency services even further by building more industrial and housing units ?

Now, a third raised road off the Island that's a different matter. Too expensive, and too logical !