Storm Event

Some 500 people perished in this most fatal of all British floods

Severity ? 6



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Receptor and Consequences:

The coasts of Norfolk and other areas of East Angliawereoverwhelmed by a ‘terrible inundation’ on 17thDecember 1287 (Lane, 1968). The event occurred in the night and around 500 people were drowned in Hickling, Yarmouth and surrounding towns; many attempted to flee by climbing on floating branches, few were successful (Lane,1968; Britton, 1937). Cattle were drowned, and fields inundated. The force of the waves tore houses from the foundations and carried the wreckage into the sea (Britton, 1937).


Summary table:

Loss of life Men, women and children perished
Residential property Homes destroyed and carried away on the waves
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport *
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock Many cattle drowned
Agricultural land Fields inundated
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available



“Some 500 people perished in this most fatal of all British floods” – Lane, 1968