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CORYTON OIL REFINERY, THURROCK, ESSEX. A chain of Laing workers carrying sandbags to breaches in the river wall after flooding on the construction site of Coryton Oil Refinery.
On the night of Saturday 31st January through to the morning of Sunday 1st February 1953, severe floods struck parts of the UK, Scotland, Belgium and the Netherlands. The natural disaster is often referred to as the North Sea Flood of 1953. Severe flooding occurred along the east coast of the UK. The site of Coryton Oil Refinery flooded as the river wall protecting the site was breached in 14 places. An article detailing the disaster and subsequent recovery operation was published in the March 1953 edition of Laing's monthly newsletter; Team Spirit

Copyright © Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

Media ID 23851976

Date: 11th October 2021

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

Credit: A© Historic England Archive. Joh

Image Size: 5322 x 5349 Pixels

Filesize is 5.34MB

Associated Categories: Coryton Oil Refinery

Associated Categories: Flooding

Keywords: 1950s, engineering, flood, flood defence, industry, natural disaster, people, teamwork, work, workmen