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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1779, Sunday, May 2, 1830.

On Saturday last a violent north-west wind prevailed the whole of the day in this neighbourhood, which had the effect of swelling the spring tide in the Dee to a very unusual height; and we are sorry to say that considerable damage has been down. The head of the tide came rolling in about eleven o'clock in a most formidable manner, and before twelve the banks in many places were overflowed, and all the low lands inundated. Part of the frame-work and the rail-road of the new bridge were swept away by the impetuous stream, and some of the timber was carried up the river almost to Eaton Hall. A number of asses on the Lache Eyes, with fetters on their legs, were so suddenly surprised that the whole of them were drowned. The houses in Crane-street and its vicinity were embedded in water, and all the cellars were filled. The Tower-field and the Roodeye were also overflown; and we understand that the good people of Parkgate were in such peril, that they retreated to their attic rooms for safety; and we fear much injury will have occurred in many parts of the county.—Chester Courant.