The Great Flood of 1968 Cheddar
Cheddar Gorge became a river, a raging torrent of mud and rocks. Thousands of tons of rubble were washed down from the cliffs and for almost half a mile the road ceased to exist. At one point the road was ripped up and a hole 30 feet deep scoured out, at others the road disappeared under rocks, mud and rubble.
Numerous shops and houses were flooded as were the world famous caves and the ‘Cave Man’ Restaurant where the manager, Mr.Gerald Robertson and eleven of his staff were trapped all night. They managed to climb to safety early on Thursday morning.
On Sunday 14th July, a small army of bulldozers, mechanical diggers and lorries moved into the gorge to commence the major task of moving rubble, filling holes and re-building the road. No one in the village had seen flooding like it! and hope they never will again.!!