In the event of a flood.

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Louis M
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In the event of a flood.

Postby Louis M » Fri 10 Jan, 2014 4:46 pm

What specifically is in place that stops the town flooding? Does it have something to do with the weir? Has the Barge ever flooded?

2929paul
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Re: In the event of a flood.

Postby 2929paul » Sat 11 Jan, 2014 9:06 am

I think that because all our rivers have natural floods plains that are as yet undeveloped, as well as well maintained sluices and weirs, the only major flooding I can remember has been when the Beane flooded Port Vale back in the 60s because of a blockage at the sluice down river. Essentially human error.

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Marilyn
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Re: In the event of a flood.

Postby Marilyn » Sat 11 Jan, 2014 2:14 pm

In case you wonder that photo of Monday 30 Sept 1968 is one I have been given and got Admin to put it on for me...................I remember going through it on a coal lorry on my way home from school. Thankfully they fixed the problem and those upstream have not made that error again!

Louis M
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Re: In the event of a flood.

Postby Louis M » Mon 13 Jan, 2014 9:53 am

My God... I have never seen that photo. How far did the flood waters extend?

buzz
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Re: In the event of a flood.

Postby buzz » Mon 13 Jan, 2014 2:06 pm

At the time my mother worked at Hertford County and she got a lift in the bucket of the vehicle shown in order to get back to Bengeo!

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Re: In the event of a flood.

Postby Golden » Mon 13 Jan, 2014 8:27 pm

Hi Louis, there used to be a mark on one of the houses and I seem to remember it was 1 Port Hill but I've just looked on Google maps/street-view and can't see it. The water at its height was quite a bit higher that it is in the picture. The Beane has flooded many times and I remember when I lived in Molewood Road in the early 90's having about a foot of water in the street.

Nearest reference I can find on the web are these amazing pictures of Watton.

http://www.hertsmemories.org.uk/page_id ... 8p37p.aspx

Louis M
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Re: In the event of a flood.

Postby Louis M » Wed 15 Jan, 2014 3:04 pm

Cheers John, those pics are mad.

Marilyn
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Re: In the event of a flood.

Postby Marilyn » Wed 15 Jan, 2014 4:54 pm

Thought you would like the photo of Cowbridge!

There is also a photo in one of the books on Hertford of the bottom of Nelson Street and Port Vale. It got pretty high there as well.

Millmead Way would have been underwater had it been there!

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Re: In the event of a flood.

Postby Taxing » Thu 16 Jan, 2014 8:54 am

I remember in the early/mid 1970s the end of Port Vale under the scooby doo bridge and the bottom of Nelson Street getting severely flooded and only McMullen lorries large enough to get through. Although I was only a child at the time so it may have seemed a lot deeper than it actually was :)

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Re: In the event of a flood.

Postby Marilyn » Thu 16 Jan, 2014 8:58 am

Taxing wrote:I remember in the early/mid 1970s the end of Port Vale under the scooby doo bridge and the bottom of Nelson Street getting severely flooded and only McMullen lorries large enough to get through. Although I was only a child at the time so it may have seemed a lot deeper than it actually was :)


Could that have been the same date? Sept 1968? Has it flooded since?


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