9th November 2010, 5:11pm
Do you remember flooding before the 1960s?
Gainsborough floods; picture courtesy of Lincolnshire Echo Interviewees are needed for a new research project about historic flooding in Lincolnshire.

Researchers at the University of Lincoln are asking people to get in touch who have first hand experiences of the flooding that happened in some parts of the county in 1947 and 1960, particularly from the Gainsborough and Horncastle areas.

This particular study will focus on inland flooding which occurs when there has been a lot of heavy rain or snow and rivers have burst their banks. It does not include flooding from the sea, such as happened in 1953.

Professor of History Krista Cowman, who is leading the research, said: “The floods of 1947 and 1960 had a major impact on many people’s lives, but also showed the tremendous capacity of Lincolnshire people to overcome adversity.

“We’re certain that people who lived in the areas affected at the time will have vivid memories of these events. An ability to manage water and flood risk has been essential to Lincolnshire for many centuries, and it is important that we capture the experiences of local people who have been part of shaping the county's unique character.

“This project is a very tangible example of how the things we can learn from history are relevant to our lives.”

If you can remember the inland floods of 1947 or 1960, please contact Professor Cowman on 01522 886093 or email kcowman@lincoln.ac.uk
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