Title: The Louth Flash Flood Disaster, 29th May 1920
Author: Unknown
Date: A March 2019 scan of an original 1920 photographic postcard

Following a severe 'cloud-burst' on 29th May 1920, millions of tons of water raged through Louth with hugely destructive force. Twenty-three people were killed in 20 minutes. This was one of the most significant flood disasters in Britain and Ireland in the 20th century.

The photo shows some of the relatively minor damage in Bridge Street. The three red arrows show how high the River Lud reached up the house walls.

The River Lud normally brings water from the Wolds gently through the town. In recent years, much money has been spent on flood relief schemes to reduce flood risk in Louth.

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