The Duhonw flood of 1853
|1-A terrible storm in the night|
of July 1853 saw a spell of hot summer
weather. As often happens, the weather became more humid until a thunderstorm
On the night of Friday the 9th the storm finally broke with enormous force on the Builth area. Torrential rain fell in the darkness, followed by hail which covered the ground to a depth of 4 or 5 inches.
streams and rivers struggled to cope with all the water which had fallen,
and around 20 bridges were
damaged or destroyed and
A huge amount of water fell on the upland area of Mynydd Epynt, and a lot of this water drained into the river Duhonw where the bridge at Llanddewi'r Cwm (above) was swept away. So much water came down that the river washed trees and rocks down its course.
Thomas Evans, the miller
at Dolau-newydd Mill, had to make a hole in his roof and pull his family
through onto the very top to avoid the flood which hit the building and
washed part of it away. They must have been terrified
as they held on in the darkness as the thunder crashed above them and
the river swept trees and dead animals down past the damaged mill.