• Short Summary

    SOUTH EAST ENGLAND'S WORST FLOODS IN 15 YEARS SHOWED SIGNS ABATING THIS EVENING (MONDAY), LEAVING IN THEIR WAKE HUNDREDS OF HOMELESS, MILLIONS OF POUNDS STERLING IN DAMAGE, WIDESPREAD TRANSPORT CHAOS, AND AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE DEAD.

  • Description

    SOUTH EAST ENGLAND'S WORST FLOODS IN 15 YEARS SHOWED SIGNS ABATING THIS EVENING (MONDAY), LEAVING IN THEIR WAKE HUNDREDS OF HOMELESS, MILLIONS OF POUNDS STERLING IN DAMAGE, WIDESPREAD TRANSPORT CHAOS, AND AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE DEAD.

    THE FLOODS, CAUSED BY 36 HOURS OF CONTINUOUS TORRENTIAL RAIN, BROUGHT ROAD AND RAIL TRAFFIC IN MANY PARTS OF THE SOUTH EAST TO A VIRTUAL STANDSTILL.

    IN LONDON THE WORST EFFECTED AREAS WERE IN LEWISHAM AND CATFORD, ALMOST ISOLATED BY SWIRLING FLOODWATERS. LEWISHAM IS ON THE MAIN ROAD FROM THE KENT AND SUSSEX COAST. AT LEAST 33 MAJOR ROADS AND HUNDREDS OF MINOR ROADS IN KENT, SURREY AND ESSEX WERE IMPASSABLE.

    HUNDREDS OF SQUAREMILES OF THE SOUTH EASTERN CORNER OF ENGLAND WAS TRANSFORMED INTO A SHEET OF SWIRLING BROWN WATER, FARMERS HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO CALCULATE THE CALAMITY THE LATE SEASON RAINFALL HAS BROUGHT. THE RAIN ARRIVED DURING THE LATE SUMMER HARVEST OF FRUIT AND GRAIN WHICH MAY NOW NOT BE ABLE TO BE COMPLETED.

    ALSO EFFECTED WAS THE OPENING DAY OF THE FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW -- THE FIRST HELD IN TWO YEARS. RUNWAYS WERE UNDER INCHES OF WATER AFTER AN ADJACENT STREAM BROKE ITS BANKS. THERE WERE NO AERIAL DISPLAYS, AND AIRFIELD WORKERS PASSED A DAMP DAY BY CATCHING FISH FROM FLOODWATERS COVERING THE TARMAC STRIPS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAES3NB9V3TX4WI9VZT679E1U8P
    Media URN:
    VLVAES3NB9V3TX4WI9VZT679E1U8P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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