Storm Event

Severity ? 6


Gales causing high tide, combined with heavy rain had caused widespread flooding across Norfolk and Suffolk following a number of breached in the rivers (Hickey, 1997; Clarke, 2008; Broadlandsmemories, 2012; Homewood, 2014).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

A number of people drowned and thousands had lost their home due to the floods. Many bridges were destroyed in the flood. The railway was also reported flooded as well as the harvest.  Norwich was one of the worst area affected by the flooding. The road and streets were resembled a canal. The height of the water exceeded by eight or nine inches of the big flood in 1879 (Clarke, 2008).

Summary Table

Loss of life A number of lives were lost, 4 people at Norwich.
Residential property Many houses were flooded at Bridge Street, Fen Lane, Thurlow’s Yard and Puddingmoor. At Heighham, Coslany and Westwick, 3,500 homes were flooded, affected 15,000 people, leaving 2,000 people homeless.
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Railway track across Gillingham marshes was flooded causing the disruption to Waveney Valley Line between Beccles and Bungay. The services between Yarmouth and Lowestoft also stopped. Flooding was also reported along St Anne’s Road and Ingate Street. Carrow Road was indistinguishable from a canal.
Energy Power and communications at Norwich were cut.
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock Plenty of cattle were drowned, some were able to be evacuated.
Agricultural land Harvest were flooded.
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment The Gillingham Marshes flooded.
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


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  2. Clarke, Andrew. (2008). ‘Waveney Valley Floods of August 1912’. [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 15 July 2018).
  3. Broadlandmemories, (2012). ‘1912 Floods;. [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 15 July 2018).
  4. Homewood, Paul. (2014). ‘The Great Flood of 1912;. [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 15 July 2018).