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Fleetwood floods, 1960
Fleetwood floods, 1960
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The weather has recently been so wet, it probably feels like it hasn’t stopped raining for a month on the Fylde coast.

But fortunately, so far there has been no flooding.

Hardhorn Road, flooding, 1980

Hardhorn Road, flooding, 1980

Spare a thought for the Fleetwood and Wyre residents in these photos, which depict various floods in the area over the years.

Of course, the most famous flood in Fleetwood was in 1927 – when the port became front page national news.

Areas of the town were flooded to a depth of seven feet. Six lives were lost.

There was more flooding misery in Fleetwood in 1953 and again in 1960, including in the Rossall area, when gales hit.

Flooding at New lane, Thornton, 1983

Flooding at New lane, Thornton, 1983

In January 1976, 29 houses were flooded to a depth of six inches above floor level.

And in November 1977, Fleetwood experienced its biggest flooding disaster since 1927.

This time, although the extent of the damage was worse, no one was hurt.

Boosted by a wind which reached 80mph, the tide was seven feet higher than predicted.

October 1960

October 1960

Many houses and schools, particularly in the Larkholme area were damaged, including Larkholme High School and Cardinal Allen.

It was reported 1,900 houses were flooded to depths of up to one metre above flood level. It was estimated one third of the town was affected.

Striking firemen abandoned picket duty to help with the flood chaos.

In the dockland, the water levels were so high, there was a risk of boats being washed on to the quayside.

2.11.60 Flooding near Westbourne Road, Fleetwood

2.11.60 Flooding near Westbourne Road, Fleetwood

The flooding hit the whole of the Fylde coast – the River Ribble burst its banks – causing around £4m worth of damage.

Fleetwood Fishermen’s Mission helped the stranded flood victims immediately, by serving hot soup.

And Fleetwood Round Table, along with other local organisations and residents, worked to provide immediate practical and financial help to flood victims.

The Evening Gazette told how seven-year-old Susan Shaw, of Harris Street, Fleetwood, even started off a collection herself, knocking on doors, to collect money to help flood victims.

The River Wyre overflowed in 1980, and again in 1990, Fleetwood experienced flooding, when a water level of 6.17m was recorded.