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3716201-08-1888“Orsett and Rochford Hundreds and the whole valley of the [tidal] Thames on Wednesday afternoon and evening were subjected to a thunderstorm of almost unparalleled intensity. The rain came down in tropical profusion and deluged the whole countryside; washing away cattle poultry garden and agricultural produce and doing serious injury to house property. Owing to previous heavy rains all watercourses and drains were fully charged and the water was for a time stored where it fell; but with increasing volume and weight when it got on the move with the ebb of the tide it poured down to the river in irresistible force and carried away with it several bridges walls trees etc. From the middle of the morning till past eight o’clock in Southend and hours later at Grays and Stanford the rain fell in a pitiless and persistent downpour accompanied with peculiarly vivid lightning…” Rochford: “The fields in many parishes were completely flooded and in the high grounds there was one or two feet of water – the like of which has not been known in the memory of man” “The oldest inhabitant declared that he had water lying except in some parts of the fields and never seen the Roche [sic] anything like so high as it was on Wednesday [1 Aug 1888] evening”. West Thurrock and Purfleet: “The state of things at Purfleet was more serious the ‘Dipping’ [chalk pit on Church Hollow] was inundated and the sight that met one’s eyes on going west was one never to be forgotten. For miles the marshes and fields were as a big river. The former are rather lowly situate and the water from the rising grounds towards Aveley came down as if floodgates had been opened and carried everything before it”. Stanford: “The outlook on Wednesday night was most gloomy. The heavy rains flowing off Horndon hill had accumulated in the vicinity of the railway station to a depth averaging from 4 ft to 8 ft. Travelling was impossible. The basements of many houses were flooded and furniture and children had to be removed through bedroom windows The water rushed down the road as in a river…”.037 - Essex Rivers GroupDuncan Faulkner
3716311-08-1890‘J.H.’ from the Manse Wickford wrote: “The scene at Wickford on Monday and Tuesday last after the storm was distressingly painful. For halfamile the flood in the street was several feet in depth. The water rose rapidly and entered the houses of many of the population. In several instances the lower floors of houses were two feet under water … Twice in the past two years this has occurred and it is caused solely by the foul condition of the river Crouch which runs through the village. The channel of this stream is choked with weeds and mud and the water cannot get away … When the flood subsides it leaves behind it a stinking sickening and foul deposit …” A.W. Pigott of Nevendon Hall wrote: “As to getting to Wickford that was utterly impossible. Several feet of water were in the houses and the terrified inmates were to be seen at the bedroom windows eagerly watching the waters below.” [He goes on to report the scene the following morning and to argue that the recent frequent flooding arose from the condition of the river channel and recent changes to the mill weir/dam at Battles Bridge] … “Upon arriving at Battles Bridge I found the cause of this calamity – the floodgates were closed; and I was more than ever surprised to find they were constructed in such a manner that it was impossible to open them until the sea water had risen. On the turn of the tide the gates again close and head the fresh water to form a dam for the use of a water mill. Is this honest to tradespeople and farmers of Wickford and district?”037 - Essex Rivers GroupDuncan Faulkner
3716423-07-1903“All the roads at Wickford were impassable and traffic stopped to pedestrians there being four to five feet of water in the main street. Houses were flooded the inmates having to take refuge upstairs. … “037 - Essex Rivers GroupDuncan Faulkner
371651892"January 1892 opened with a very heavy blizzard possibly the greatest for 30 years... and it left the whole countryside groaning under a massive load of snow.... Five trains were embedded between Grantown and Dalnaspidal. Six engines and a plough were needed to extricate a goods train that had become entombed in snow on Alvie moor between Kingussie and Aviemore. ... When the snow at last melted there was a great flood in every valley from Thurso to Perth and many bridges and embankments were overcome. The Ness overflowed in the centre of the town [Inverness presumably] the Beauly river cut two serious rents in the Lovat Bridge the Cannich Bridge was swept away as was the bridge at Bonar. In a domino effect of destruction on the river Glass a series of wooden bridges collapsed each adding to the debris that sped downstream to batter the next to pieces." [Expenditure later approved to build "three new crossings at or near the Lovat Bridge at Beauly and upstream at Kilmorack and Cannich".005 - Beauly
Andrew Black
371661874..."the first item in the Minutes [County Road Board for Inverness?] was a request from Alex Faillie in Strathnairn to erect a new footbridge to replace one washed away by a flood in 1874"007 - Findhorn GroupAndrew Black
3716719-07-2017Flood in Coverack: "Heavy rainfall hit at about 15:00 BST on Tuesday and about 50 properties are estimated to be affected by the flooding but no injuries have been reported."046 - Dart GroupAndrew Black
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