Lake Warwickshire, Good Friday 1998
Back in June, at a Sew Make Believe social, we got talking about living in Leamington. I asked the girls if they were living in Leam when we had the flood and it turned out that no-one had been in Leam back then.
Good Friday, 1998, was certainly a day to remember. A month of rainfall fell in one day causing the Avon, Leam and Grand Union Canal to burst their banks. Hundreds of motorists were left stranded by the rising water and residents were rescued from homes in and around Leam Terrace and villagers further afield were also forced out.
I promised to show some photographs of the flooding, as words could not do it any justice – you has to see it to believe it. At the time, I was living a few streets back from Leam Terrace and we spent a harrowing few hours moving all our furniture upstairs as our cellar was filling with dirty brown water! Luckily the water stoped at about 4ft. As we couldn’t get our cars out of either end of our street we put on our wellies, grabbed the camera and headed out – along with most of Leamington residents!
So here are some photos I took just as the waters had started to recede. Quality is not great as I was not digital back then!