Clacton-on-Sea's position on the coast has meant that extreme weather events have significantly impacted the town. Over the centuries, many ships have come to grieve on the Gunfleet Sands off the coast of Clacton-on-Sea during stormy weather. The men of the Clacton Lifeboat have shown incredible courage as they have battled the weather to save the lives of sailors from many nationalities. During the 1953 floods, probably the worst weather event on the historical record for Essex, Clacton-on-Sea's famous pier was uprooted and re-sited inland at the site of Weeley Roundabout. Because of the calm and organised approach of the authorities in Clacton, casualties were kept to a minimum in the face of the horrific weather conditions.

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