We want your memories of the 2007 floods

By Michael Upton | 07/04/2017

We want your memories of the 2007 floods
Flooding on June 26, 2007 near Parkgate

THE floods of 2007 were unforgettable for many reasons.

They put Rotherham on the map as viewers across the country watched nervously to see if the dam at Ulley Reservoir would crumble and leave the town deluged by a huge tidal wave.

Who can forget the image of welly-wearing TV news reporters providing updates from Catcliffe, where the village phone box threatened to disappear beneath the flood waters?

Rotherham is better protected these days by flooding soakaway areas and improvements to Ulley and the borough’s waterways, but the tenth anniversary this June is sure to bring the memories flooding back.

We will be printing a special publication to mark the occasion, with a recap of the unfolding drama, new interviews with the householders evacuated after being flooded out and unseen pictures taken chief photographer Dave Poucher from a specially-hired helicopter.

We want to share your memories of the floods, too. 
Maybe you have photos of your flooded house or can recall having to escape through an upstairs window or climbing into a boat as the water lapped around your home? 

Perhaps you were one of the residents who set up camp in their caravans in Morrison’s car park, or one of the families evacuated to Dinnington.

Do you remember the challenge of having to plot a course to work or home without crossing terrifyingly-high flood waters?

If so, we’d love to hear from you on 01709 768146 or by email on newsdesk@rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk. You can also find us on Facebook at Rotherham Advertiser or Tweet @rotherhamtiser.

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