January 1881 saw the worst blizzard on Essex weather record, and between East Ham and Tilbury, a total of 50 barges were sunk. On one barge, a man froze to death in the freezing weather conditions. In 1933, the summer weather was so hot that a temperature of 33C was measured near Tilbury. It was the highest temperature in a whole week when the weather did not drop the temperature below 31C. During the horrific weather event of 1953, the tidal surge led to more than 5000 being evacuated from the town (half the population) and swamped sewage works.