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Graham's Dad

Plough Corner c1955, Byfleet
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Plough Corner always makes me smile, remembering the floods in the 1960s, Byfleet was cut off everywhere except where I lived in the Dawson Road end. My boyfriend lived in Rectory Lane. Imagine, everything was cut off, there was water everywhere, the river way had burst it banks... My now-husband's dad managed to make his way to The Plough through all of that terrible time, we still laugh about it now, "How Bob got to the Pub" ...bless him x

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A memory of Byfleet in Surrey shared on Tuesday, 3rd August 2010.

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RE: Graham's Dad

I remember the floods in 1968...September I think. At this point I lived at Old Orchard not far from the River Wey and we were flooded about 3am; water was up to knees......it was very exciting at the time everyone was up hoping to keep the water out, but it was hopeless, so by the early hours just gave in to the fate. The next morning people were going into Byfleet in canoes! Somewhere I've some photos of this, must try and hunt them down! It of course became less exciting as waters subsided and were left with the awful mess to clear up. Many people were not insured so a difficult time for them. I think this flooding happened because it was before the Thames Barrier was built and some gates were opened somewhere to protect London, so surrounding countryside of Mole and Wey got the worst of it.

Comment from Linda Morris on Sunday, 3rd March 2013.

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