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Title: A flood of memories : recollections of the 1947 floods in East Anglia
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
Descriptions of events during the 1947 Floods are still powerful reminders of the misery and pain caused by flooding. Fifty years after the devastation, recollections of homelessness, of the unceasing battle against the raging torrents of water, hurricane force winds and bleak dark nights on Fenland banks, stir the imagination and add a personal dimension to the brief statistics of the event. This collection of memories captures the essence of those dreadful days and nights of the struggle to overcome the elements threatening to engulf and destroy the most productive agricultural land in Britain; the back breaking work of trying to staunch the breaching of river banks; the heartbreak of salvaging furniture and belongings in the face of rising floodwaters; the wry tales of people coping with the crushing pressures of losing everything. For the remainder of the region it was a time of watching and waiting as the tragedy unfolded.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1997
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: HistoryFloodingRivers
Geographic Keywords: East Anglia
Extent: 7
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