Photo gallery: From our archive, summer floods of 1968

PUBLISHED: 15:09 19 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:54 19 August 2012

The flooded Southtown Road at Great Yarmouth.

The flooded Southtown Road at Great Yarmouth.

Summer flooding is not far from our minds this year as we commemorate the centenary of the Norwich floods. A few watery photos from our archive hark back to past inundations in our region.

Late summer 1968 saw heavy flooding in the Tas valley south of Norwich.

In Newton Flotman a clean-up is taking place at WL Duffield’s where 6ft of water destroyed 300 tons of bagged meal (10) and landlord Mr John Norman is captured mopping up at the Maid’s Head (3).

Our picture of the Enterprise Garage at Loddon clearly demonstrates the extent of the flooding (9), while the town itself was virtually impassible; in this photo a car is abandoned (5) and several youngsters are fighting to cross the River Chet. Meanwhile, in Trowse, Mr David Hodgkinson and brother Selwyn watch as the rising waters threaten their business premises, East Anglian Printers (2).

At Hethersett the road near the school was flooded to a dept of six inches (7) and, a little further away, a crowd of residents surveys the watery scene at Welbeck Road, Brooke (1).

Further south, in Suffolk, lorries and cars are photographed partially submerged on the road between Haverhill and Sudbury (8).

Depicting an earlier flood are two atmospheric photos from the late 1950s taken on Southtown Road Yarmouth (4 and 6).

If you recognise anyone in the pictures or would like to tell us more about them then you can email

To get a copy of one of our old photographs, visit or phone 01603 772449.

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