The terrible scenes from across the country of destructive flooding will have left many Peterborough area residents thinking ‘there but for the grace of God’.
It was Easter 1998 when this area suffered its last major flooding. We were lucky because although the floods were extensive there was relatively few homes that suffered the tide of misery such events bring.
I was duty editor for the ET that Easter weekend and I remember it vividly.
I went down to Wansford to see the extent of the flooding for myself and took a call on the office mobile (yes we only had one back then) from photographer David Lowndes who told me he’d hitched a lift on a helicopter and had some spectacular aerial pictures.
I remember the front page headline I wrote which was “Inches from disaster’’ after it had been suggested that this “once in a 150 years event’’ could have caused the flooding of Peterborough city centre if water levels had risen a couple more inches.
The newspaper sold out entirely and as well as several pages of stories and pictures about the flooding there was also by total coincidence a general feature about the River Nene.
We joked that to our readers it must have looked like we knew what we were doing!
Many of the best pictures were taken in Wansford including the one of men rowing down the main street in a dinghy.
I wonder if they or the photographer were aware of the picture below it taken in the same spot during the floods of 1912 and purposefully recreated it?
From those same floods which happened in August of that year are also pictures taken in Stanground and the city centre.
If you have any pictures or memories of floods please get in touch.