Storm Event

Severity ? 4


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Receptor and Consequence

This event is mentioned in a compilation of historical coastal floods in North West Europe developed by Hickey (1997), and is associated with a major storm surge in Norfolk, Dunwich. The large storm swept much of the East Anglia town into the sea. The storm raged for three nights causing the town to join the spit of land to the coastline to the south of town, demolishing the Dunwich Harbour. This great storm was mentioned as one of the reason the city started to decline (Whiteley, 2016).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Parts of the town were swept away.
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports The harbour were demolished by the storm.
Transport *
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Hickey, K. R. (1997). Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at:
  2. Whiteley, David. (2016). ‘Dunwich: The storms that destroyed ‘lost town’’. BBC News. Available at: (Accessed: 19 June 2019).