Whitby’s worst flood disaster in living memory

This time last year, one of the biggest clean-up operations Whitby has ever seen was under way as the town woke up to scenes of devastation.

The night before the worst floods for over 50 years had struck as a freak combination of high tides and strong winds caused a tidal surge that seeped into the homes and businesses of properties along the harbour sides.

Natasha Lockers' home on Boulby Bank which was affected by flooding''w141117a

Natasha Lockers' home on Boulby Bank which was affected by flooding''w141117a

It happened after darkness had fallen on Thursday December 5 and the town was plunged into the pitch black as power cuts knocked out street lighting and electrics from the New Bridge and as far around the harbour as Bagdale.

Emergency services worked around the clock to rescue people who had become trapped in their own homes, while waterlogged vehicles had to be abandoned.

All anyone could really do was wait for the water levels to eventually subside.

Nichola Greenwood said: “We had stress and panic wondering if the house we were buying would flood and not being able to do anything about it.

“Thankfully it didn’t but my heart goes out to everyone who was affected.

“It was a terrible day and one I hope never to experience again.”

Next week the Gazette will be running a photo special looking back at that week.