On August 20th 1912, 19.05 cm (7 1/2 inches) of rain fell, over 16.5 cm (6 1/2 inches) in only twelve hours, following a fortnight of rain. This caused a huge flood which washed away many locks, bridges and washed away a railway embankment. Water reached the first floor windows of some of the buildings and residents were rescued by boat.
'I shall never forget the sight. It was terrible; nothing but water with wrecks of huts and gardens and trees floating, and it was as deep as the sea'
Eastern Daily Press, August 1912.
Because all the locks were washed away, the wherries could not sail to Yarmouth anymore. It was too expensive to repair the locks. Some of the wherries were stuck after the flood and had to be lifted back into the water. The pictures show some of the workmen who helped to move it.
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