The top 3 risks in Castle Point are:
1) An incident at an Industrial Estate
2) Flooding, both from the coast and rivers
3) Coastal Pollution
It is important to note that all of these risks have extensive mitigatory measure in place, for example Industrial sites have comprehensive emergency plans and there are flood defences in place along the coast.
For more information on Emergency Planning in Castle Point check out their website
The North Sea Floods of 1953 affected a large area of the East Coast of the United Kingdom and is still one of the most devastating natural disasters to have occurred in the UK. The floods damaged approximately 24,000 homes and lead to the evacuation of approximately 30,000 people.
Canvey Island in the Castle Point Borough was devastated by the floods with a loss of 58 lives and the flooding of several thousand homes.
Today Canvey Island is well protected by sea walls that rise 3 - 4 meters above high tide level. The sea defences significantly reduce the risk of a similar catastrophe occurring today.