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Sunday, 8 February 2015


Biblical scholars have long asserted November 25, 2348 to be the day of the Great Deluge, or Flood.

When a seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands broke on November 18, 1421, it flooded 72 villages and killed about 10,000 people. This event came to be known as St. Elizabeth's flood.

On January 30, 1607 an estimated 200 square miles along the coasts of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary in England were destroyed by massive flooding, resulting in an estimated 2,000 deaths. Recent research has suggested that the cause may have been a tsunami.

Contemporary depiction of the 1607 flood 

The rupture of a beer vat at the Meux and Company Brewery on Tottenham Court Road in London on October 17, 1814 caused a wave of 323,000 gallons of booze. The wave of beer destroyed two homes and crumbled the wall of the Tavistock Arms Pub, trapping teenage employee Eleanor Cooper under the rubble. Within minutes neighboring George Street and New Street were swamped with alcohol, In total eight people were killed and an unknown number injured.

The Great Sheffield Flood in 1864 was the largest man-made disaster ever to befall England killing over 250 people in Sheffield.

In 1927 torrential rains caused the Mississippi River to break out of its levee system in 145 places, causing the worst flooding in the history of the United States.

When a 15,000-gallon vinegar vat at the HP Sauce factory in Birmingham, England burst on December 28, 1956, houses were flooded as far as a quarter of a mile away. Nobody was injured but the smell lasted for weeks.

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