Looking Back: Lune’s huge flood

The River Lune flood.
The River Lune flood.

It has been nearly 108 years since the great flood and storm of 1907.

The picture graphically recalls the greatest flood and storm Morecambe and Lancaster had ever experienced.

It shows where the River Lune was converted into a full flood after weeks of rain on Saturday March, 16, 1907.

Looking back to when the destruction happened, shortly after midnight the district was hit with a westerly gale.

The banks of the Lune on the marsh were washed away by the terrific pressure caused by a full tide of the sea and the river coming together.

People woke up to find the extensive area of land from the Lune, across White Lund and the Regent Park recreation ground, all under water. It caused hundreds of sheep and poultry to be drowned and swept away and in some acres of land the floods reached up to a depth of six or eight feet.

Along the promenade from Highfield to the Midland Hotel the sea raced along whilst tearing up the roadway and train track, before the gales reached its height and the West End Pier extension collapsed.

Written in a look back of the flood and storm in a 1935 Visitor paper, an onlooker who left his home to witness the storm in 1907 said: “All around I could hear the crashing of falling masonry, and that mingled with the roaring and howling of the wind so frightened me that I dashed back over the crossings and sought refuge in the side streets.”

Residents in George Street, Charles Street, Buxton Street and Croft Street were practically prisoners in their own homes upstairs because of the level of water below.

Bread and groceries was then taken to them in boars where some local fishermen were acting as pilots.

The River Lune bursting its banks is certainly one of the biggest natural destructions in the area, it certainly saw our community come together and help out one another.