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THE GREAT DROWN.

In the month of December, 1852, owing to a long-continued rain there were floods in part of Norfolk. At Southery and Feltwell about 8000 acres were flooded and upwards of a hundred families were compelled to leave their homes. The estimated loss to the district was between 25,000 and 30,000, and a public subscription for the relief of the sufferers was opened. These floods were known as the Great Drown, and Mr. Gedge, in his book on Methwold, says that one curious result of the flood was the vast number of vipers taking refuge on every hedge and post that rose above the water level.

There were floods in August, 1912, and again in January, 1915, when the bank was broken close to the Feltwell Pumping Station and at other places. Hockwold, Southery and Feltwell Fens were drowned, which caused great damage and disaster.

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