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Selby flood in 1947

Posted on 7 June 2015 by David Moss

A deceased Osgodby resident's relative has kindly donated a copy of the 1947 booklet -  "The Tragedy of Flood-Stricken Selby and District"  - to Selby Civic Society.

The booklet is well-known as a pictorial account of the devastating flood that hit the town and surrounding area in March 1947.

This copy is annotated with the name of the lady who was living in Sand Lane, Osgodby when the flood struck. Her daughter, Julie Walker, said "Mum lived on Ouse Bank, and in one of the photos the row of houses where she lived is circled. My grandparents, mum and my dad, her brother and his wife and baby all lived upstairs for the duration, receiving fairly minimal supplies from the army ducks. It has made for some great stories over the years".