It had rained very heavily for two days and the rainwater ran down from the high ground, the drainage system simply could not cope. The result was flooding in the Brook Road area.
Listen to eyewitness accounts of efforts to repair the drainage pumps, how residents watched the flood waters creep up Brook Road hoping it would not reach their homes and the rescue of people and vehicles from overwhelmed houses.
Below is the flood relief area that Alf Partridge saw from the train as a large lake.
To listen to residents talk of their experiences click here.