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Offline kyn

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Dover Flooding 1872
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2012, 19:51:24 »
20th December, 1872

Dover, Dec. 19.

The river Dour has in many places overflowed its banks.  The streams in the vicinity of Dover are also very much swollen.  At a few miles distant from Dover, the stream Drillingori has overflown its sources, and the main road, for a distance of a mile, is many feet under water.  The guns at the east battery at the castle have been unlimbered and removed, serious apprehension for their safety being caused by the extremely saddened state of the earth.  In a very short space of time a large portion of the earthwork fell away.  At the Drop Redoubt the guns have also been removed for feat of further landslips.  The exceedingly wet weather has caused a crack of about 12 feet inside the tunnel of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway, between the Priory and Harbour stations, and bricklayers, carpenters, &c., are busy engaged repairing the damage.  The water is also streaming through the brickwork of the Abbott’s Cliff tunnel of the South-Eastern Railway, but as yet no damage has been sustained.  Between Shorncliffe and Hythe stations some few days since, a very extensive landslip occurred, which has caused the company very great inconvenience, the traffic for some distance being worked on one line only.  A large body of men at work at the scene of the disaster are rapidly clearing away the rubbish, and bringing the line again into working order.


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