1968 - Smaller flood

Civic Square

There was another flood in 1968. Not as serious as 1953 but I remember rushing down to my Father’s shop, Bata, with my brother and a pile of sandbags. Unfortunately, we were unable to prevent the shop being flooded yet again !

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  • I remember the 68 flood in tilbury. I was 5. We all had to move upstairs in the house. I remember sitting on the stairs watching the water that seemed to a 5 year old quite deep.

    By Jeannette Gilham (25/04/2023)
  • We lived in Brennan rd, I was only 3 at the time, but remember my mum wearing wellies in the kitchen and we all moved upstairs. I remember looking at the water at the bottom of the stairs and then being taken upstairs all wet, because I’d fallen in.

    By Paul Carey (15/02/2023)
  • I remember the flood in 1968. My Dad ran the museum on Civic Square. I remember him helping people to carry furniture upstairs. When we went into the museum after the flood all the parquet flooring had lifted up.

    By Beth Bingley (15/10/2022)
  • I remember that flood, I think it was rain water backing up from the drains, not the river like the 1953 one. I was a very young teenager at the time. It wasn’t dangerously deep and luckily, it was summer to not too bad to wade through, but the water was a bit charged near the electricity meter, you could feel it tingling. All rather old hat to my parents who had lived through the previous one.

    By Margaret Nyrvana-Jones (25/03/2022)
  • I can remember the Civic Square shops flooding on another occasion.  Not sure of the year, but I can remember my parents going down to the warehouse behind the shops and items floating around in the water.  We lived above World Stores from 1957 to 1963 but not sure what year the flood was

    By Jan Gomme (26/02/2015)

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