Great Flood of 1968

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Great flood of 1968
Pool River during the Great Flood of 1968.jpg
Pool River in Catford during the flood
Date September 1968
Location Home counties

The Great Flood of 1968 was a flood caused by a pronounced trough of low pressure which brought exceptionally heavy rain and thunderstorms to South East England and France in mid-September 1968, with the worst on Sunday 15 September 1968, and followed earlier floods in South West England during July.[1]

The areas worst hit were Crawley, East Grinstead, Horley, Lewisham, Petersfield, Hampshire, Redhill, Tilbury, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. [2]

On 15 September 1968, the 9:50 Charing Cross to Hastings was diverted along the Edenbridge line, but was surrounded by flood water at Edenbridge railway station. 150 passengers spent 12 hours stuck on the train.

Robertson's Jam factory


In the first seven hours of 15 September 1968 three inches of rain fell on Nice. In Toulon a cyclist was killed by an electricity cable that had fallen into the flooded road. The wine harvest was seriously damaged.[3]

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  1. ^ "Wednesday 10 July 1968" (PDF). Met Office. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Staff reporter (17 September 1968). "Good neighbours ease the burden in flood areas". The Times. 
  3. ^ "Storm havoc in south France". The Times. 16 September 1968. p. 1. 

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