Floods - there’s nothing new

Flooding at Station Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, in 1938 and, inset, the recent floods there and a picture by Cyril Stares of a woman looking at the rising waters in 1938
Flooding at Station Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, in 1938 and, inset, the recent floods there and a picture by Cyril Stares of a woman looking at the rising waters in 1938
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There have been at least three recent instances of flooding at Station Road, Drayton, Portsmouth.

And to prove nothing in life is new, Mavis Maynard sent me these photographs from the family album taken by her father, Cyril Stares, in 1938. His main picture was taken from the same part of the road as chief photographer Malcolm Wells took his shot in the middle of December.

FLOODS (NEWS) MRW  14/12/2012''There was severe flooding in Station Road Drayton on Friday due to the surface water not being able to get away because the large bore outlfall pipe at the Eastern Road needed to stay shut due to the extreme high tide''Picture: Malcolm Wells (124061-1031)

FLOODS (NEWS) MRW 14/12/2012''There was severe flooding in Station Road Drayton on Friday due to the surface water not being able to get away because the large bore outlfall pipe at the Eastern Road needed to stay shut due to the extreme high tide''Picture: Malcolm Wells (124061-1031)

Mavis, of South Road, Drayton, says: ‘My father told me that the cows from Farlington marshes used this part of the road to escape from the tide coming up and, when it receded, had to shoo them back down.

‘Perhaps some readers might also remember a large post on the pavement on the corner of South Road/Grove Road with a mark on it about 18in from the ground which indicated sea level, showing the lower part of Drayton must be below sea level?’

Why don’t you share your memories with us? If you have your own story or pictures from days gone by that you would like featured on this page

please e-mail Chris Owen at chris.owen@thenews.co.uk or write to him at The News, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth,PO2 9SX

JPNS-16-01-13 RW flood2  Flooding at Station Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, in 1938

JPNS-16-01-13 RW flood2 Flooding at Station Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, in 1938