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Centenary of region's forgotten floods

A postcard of the flooding in Norwich Photo: Credit: Broadland memories

This weekend marks the hundredth anniversary of major flooding in our region that resulted in several deaths.

The worst affected areas were the Fens around Peterborough, and Norwich where seven inches of rain fell in just over a day.

Four people died in Norwich and thousands more had to be rescued.

Although what happened on August 27th 1912 tends to be overshadowed by the famous 1953 floods that devastated the East Anglian coast, it was a hugely significant event.

"It was devastating,' said Elizabeth Budd, an archive specialist with Norfolk County Council.

Thousands of people were left homeless. They had to queue up for essential supplies like bread and milk, electricity was cut off. Local transport just stopped because two bridges were destroyed.

– Elizabeth Budd

One of the victims was fish porter George Brodie. He died attempting to rescue people in the city's Oak Street and in the White Lion pub there, a commemorative beer - called Norwich Hero - is being served in his memory.

"He really was a hero," said landlord Ben Ackers. "It was desperately sad that he perished saving children from the swirling water."

A statue to honour George Brodie was designed but sadly never built.