(Ed Killpack/Stars and Stripes)

Netherlands, Feb. 4, 1953: A traffic sign is all that’s visible on a street inundated by floodwaters on Schouen Island. Tidal seas whipped by gale-force winds had already claimed over 1,000 lives in the Netherlands, southeastern Britain and Belgium; it was said to be the worst flooding in the region since the Middle Ages.

Looking for Stars and Stripes’ historic coverage? Subscribe to Stars and Stripes’ historic newspaper archive! We have digitized our 1948-1999 European and Pacific editions, as well as several of our WWII editions and made them available online through

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign up to receive a daily email of today's top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign Up Now