Louth flood of 1920

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Louth flood
Flood marker at Bridge Street
Flood marker at Bridge Street
Date 29 May 1920
Location Louth, Lincolnshire
Deaths 23

The Louth flood of 1920 or Louth "cloud-burst" was a severe flash flooding event in the Lincolnshire market town of Louth which occurred 29 May 1920, resulting in 23 fatalities in 20 minutes. It has been described as one of the most significant flood disasters in Britain and Ireland during the 20th century.[1]

Meteorological and hydrological development[edit]

Met Office daily weather report 29 May 1920 synoptic map

Flood relief scheme[edit]

Work on a £6.5 million flood relief scheme with 2 flood storage reservoirs to the west of town on tributaries to the river Lud began in July 2015, which could store 85 olympic swimming pools of water in the event of a flood.[2][3] The scheme aims to reduce flood risk in Louth from 1 in 20, to a 1 in 150 probability, benefiting 355 properties in the town.[4]

This follows a £1.2 million scheme by Anglian Water within the town in 2014-15 to enlarge sewers and build a new storm overflow to alleviate flooding in the area of Ramsgate, Eastgate and the Riverhead.[5]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Nobbs, Patrick. The Story of the British and Their Weather: From Frost Fairs to Indian Summers. ISBN 1445644525. 
  2. ^ "Louth Flood alleviation schemes". East Lindsey District Council. April 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Louth flood scheme completed on River Lud". BBC News. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Open Report on behalf of Richard Wills, Executive Director for Environment and Economy" (PDF). Lincolnshire County Council. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Major project to protect Louth homes from flooding | General news | About us | Anglian Water". Anglian Water. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 

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