Andy Blowers asks what might happen at Bradwell if the East coast floods again as in 1953 in the BANNG Column for Regional Life July 2019. During the night of 31 January/1 February, 1953, in the moonlit dark, dead heart of winter, the Essex Coast was struck by a surging storm, flooding the creeks, overpowering the sea defences and leaving a trail of disruption, destruction and death in its wake. I recollect my own astonishment when walking to church that Sunday morning at the sight of the flooded factories of the Hythe at Colchester. I wonder what might happen to the low-lying lands around the Blackwater if such a storm surge occurs again and if, heaven forbid, a new nuclear power station had been built at the Bradwell site. What must be recognised is that, with global warming and rising seas, destructive storm surges, flooding and coastal erosion are quite likely events over the lifetime of a new nuclear plant on the vulnerable shores of Bradwell. In the circumstances it is difficult to conceive how the site can be considered potentially suitable now, let alone into the next century when decommissioning and radioactive waste management will become hazardous operations.
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