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Floods in France and Southern England

Nature volume 139, page 278 (13 February 1937) | Download Citation



THE north of France has been experiencing an abnormal amount of rainfall during the past few days which has resulted in the flooding of extensive areas of country between Dunkirk and Cassel and between Hazebrouck and Armentieres on the Flanders frontier. The River Lys has overflown its bank both at Armentieres and Bethune, while at Houtlines a number of dwellings have had to be evacuated. The bursting of a dam at St. Denis, north of Paris, has resulted in local flooding to a depth of five feet, and some fifty families have had to leave their homes. In southern England, after some further heavy rainfall and a resumption of the rise in the level of the Thames, the flood waters are again subsiding, and there does not seem to be further cause for alarm.

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