#ThrowbackThursday: One wet October

Water everywhere - Water in Pateley Bridge recreation ground made paddling the only practicable recreation!
Deep water in the lanes isolated Roecliffe last week.
Water everywhere - Water in Pateley Bridge recreation ground made paddling the only practicable recreation! Deep water in the lanes isolated Roecliffe last week.
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On this week, nearly 80 years ago, the local news was reporting about mass flooding across the Harrogate district after record-breaking rainfall.

At the time, The Harrogate Advertiser’s sister paper was the former Harrogate Herald and came out each week, on Wednesdays.

The Ure at Ripon from the North Bridge. 
The Ure and Canal from at Boroughbridge from the railway.

The Ure at Ripon from the North Bridge. The Ure and Canal from at Boroughbridge from the railway.

On October 12, 1938, the Harrogate Herald released pictures of flood-hit communities in Ripon and Boroughbridge where the River Ure had burst its banks.

In only the first 10 days of the month the paper noted that there had been some 3.83 inches of rain, compared to the average 3.21 inches expected during October.

The downpours had broken rainfall records for the whole year with the paper explaining October was, on average, the wettest month of each year.

Floods hit as far as Pateley Bridge and Roecliffe too where water on the roads had left many stranded and had swamped the ‘Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground’.

The paper commented in the caption: "Water everywhere - Water in Pateley Bridge recreation ground made paddling the only practiceable recreation!"