23rd June 1946 - Salisbury is flooded

The 23rd of June 1946 was the day of Salisbury’s ‘flash flood’.

Flooding in SalisburyAfter a period of intense heat, a storm from the north merged with another from the south and two inches of rain fell in 45 minutes.

Castle Street and Fisherton railway bridge were impassable, and the cinema was flooded[1].

The Met Office’s ‘British Rainfall 1946’ Report has a table of ‘Rainfalls of Very Rare Intensity lasting for One Hour or less, 1939-1946’[2]. Of the 14 records list, 2 apply to the rain in Salisbury on that 23rd June.

The document says:

At Salisbury the rain exceeded all local records since the great storm of 28th June, 1917, when the centre of the downfall was at Bruton, Somerset. The serious floodingwhich resulted was said to be unparalleled in living memory.

Pic: From the Met Office Report

Footnotes

[1] The History of Salisbury City Hall, volume 1 : The Cinema Years

[2] METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE BRITISH RAINFALL 1946, THE EIGHTY-SIXTH ANNUAL VOLUME OF THE BRITISH RAINFALL ORGANIZATION

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