The flood of Norwich August 1912

The great flood of August 1912 caused havoc throughout England.  Norwich in Norfolk suffered its worst flooding since 1878.  Here is an extract taken from a newspaper of that time. The Great Flood reported in the Newspaper of  31st August, 1912

Not within living memory has there been such an August as that now drawing to a close, nor, in view of this weeks terrible experiences one so disastrous.  Rain had fallen for several days seriously interfering with harvest operations.

Friday and Saturday were miserable days rain falling continuously but Sunday showed some improvement? Morning, a heavy downfall of rain began which accompanied by a fierce gale wrought devastation far and near.  In Norwich the rain began about three o’clock on Monday morning and fell in torrents all day and far into the night.  The rainfall was phenomenal. 

In the afternoon it was estimated that 2 ¼ inches had fallen, and by half past three up to six inches, while Mr. A.W. Preston of Eaton the leading meteorologist of the district, estimated the total 7.34 inches a record, which has no rival in this part of the country.  The average rainfall for August is 2.22 inches and we understand that during the month to Monday inclusive was four times that amount.  Considerable damage was done in Norwich and in the neighbouring districts.  The rain flowed in torrents down the streets.

It was in the Heigham and Coslany districts that the cruel floods wrought the greatest misery.  About six o’clock on the morning after the storm the streets in those districts began to fill with water.  For days great quantities of water had been pouring through the sluices at the New Mills and seemed to be getting away to the marshes but it was not until the morning after the storm that the peril was realised. 

The waters in Heigham and St. Martins districts rose rapidly spreading far and wide forcing its way into trim cottages and setting the furniture afloat.  Some of the inmates fled at the first warning but others had to be rescued from the perilous position by means of vehicles, which later were supplemented by boats.  Hasty provision was made for homeless crowds.