Cardiff floods 1979

Contributor at the Eisteddfod:

I remember watching the water levels coming across Sophia Gardens – it was like a black mass slowly coming across the fields. The water came up Cathedral Road. We were protected by the houses of Plasturton Avenue and our house wasn’t flooded. But the water came to the front garden; it was literally lapping over the front step. Me and my friends were waist deep walking down Cathedral Road helping people get stuff out of their houses. I was 15 years old.

I remember the sludge and the smell after the water levels dropped. And everyone was so upset – especially the ground floor flats in Cathedral Road. A man was trying to get his guitar to safety – I think it was ruined.

From a kid’s point of view, we had fantastic fun. But the adults were horrified and anxious.

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