1940 was a winter of severe weather. The ice was so thick that it was possible to walk across the creeks in West Mersea. The location of the Island of Mersea means that it is particularly susceptible to weather conditions that bring flooding. On 29th November 1897 (often called Black Monday), the tide was so high in West Mersea that houses were often under 3-4 feet of water. Residents took refuge on furniture, and several bed-ridden people had to be moved to safer places. The worst weather event in Essex history was the 1953 flood disaster. Mersea Island was almost completely submerged, and nearly all of the livestock on the Island were drowned or had to be destroyed. The people of Mersea were lauded for their indomitable spirit in the face of such extreme weather conditions, and many stories are still told of bravery and difficulty.

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