Towyn floods of 1990: archive video footage of the aftermath

One of the most severe coastal floods to have affected the UK post-1953 was during 26th – 27th February 1990. Damages were especially severe in Towyn, north Wales, when failure of the sea wall led to a ‘major disaster’.

An article produced by the BBC in 2010, on the 30th anniversary of the event, shows striking footage of the flooding.

The floods resulted in what is thought to have been the second biggest peacetime evacuation in the UK when, according to the Met Office, around 5,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

The article can be accessed here.