NOSTALGIA: Day the sky fell in on Portsmouth

We've been deluged with images this week of the devastation wreaked by the weather in the Caribbean and Florida. So I thought it only fair to remind ourselves of what happened here 17 years ago today.

Friday, 15th September 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 12:12 pm
Ravenswood Gardens, Southsea, on September 15, 2000.

September 15, 2000, will live forever in the memories of thousands of Southsea people caught up in the appalling floods that day – and the repercussions which lasted for months afterwards.

A month’s rainfall fell on Portsmouth in 12 hours and then Eastney pumping station packed up – overwhelmed by the flood water.

Sewage flooded into people’s homes, streets were under feet of water and 200 people were forced to leave their homes.

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Rolled up trouser legs in Florence Road, Southsea.
Jacqueline Redman knee-deep in flood water in Somerset Road, Southsea.
White Heather garage, Richmond Road, Southsea.
Southsea was overwhelmed on September 15, 2000.
A firefighter carries a baby to safety in Clarendon Road, Southsea, on September 15, 2000. Picture: Peter Young
Rolled up trouser legs in Florence Road, Southsea.
Jacqueline Redman knee-deep in flood water in Somerset Road, Southsea.
White Heather garage, Richmond Road, Southsea.
Southsea was overwhelmed on September 15, 2000.
A firefighter carries a baby to safety in Clarendon Road, Southsea, on September 15, 2000. Picture: Peter Young