100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Torrential Flooding In Great Britain

On August 26, 1912 rain began at 3:00am in Norfolk, Great Britain. 7 inches of rain, more than three months average rainfall fell in the space of just 29 hours. The river Bure overflowed and rose to heights of 16 feet or more and people had to be rescued from upstairs windows by boat.

Three lives were lost including that of a baby swept out of his mother’s arms. Many animals died, hundreds were left homeless and an estimated 52 Norfolk bridges were wrecked.Audio account of the Norwich/Norfolk Flood of 1912 by survivors :http://soundcloud.com/the-great-flood-1912/norfolk-flood

Destroyed bridge at Coltishall
August 1912.
Photo courtesy Aylsham Local History Society.

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