Posted by: Jim Bell | February 22, 2011

Floods are nothing new

New Monthly Magazine, Volume 4, for the month November 1815 carried the following report.

In the three first days of October there was an extraordinary fall of rain, accompanied with a very high wind, in the neighbourhood of Dumfries. The devastation, on account of the swelling of the different rivers in that neighbourhood, is incalculable – great quantities of grain have been carried away and embankments destroyed. On the Nith, in particular, the damage cannot be estimated at less than £20,000. The dreadful effects of these torrents were not confined to that river, but extended to all the surrounding country. At Newabbey, stewartry of Kirkcudbright, the bridge, which had stood the buffetings of the winter storm for centuries, was carried away. The elegant new bridge over the Dee, at New Galloway, within a mouth of being finished, has been swept away; it has cost £7000. Several bridges in the neighbourhood of Moffat have also been carried off, and a number of farmers whose corn lay in the vicinity of Annan water, have lost from one to five thousand stooks. Nothing to be compared to this flood has been experienced in these parts since February, 1780.

New Monthly Magazine, Volume 4.


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