Storm Event

“At Chepstow, the water rose 70 feet”

Severity ? 4


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Receptor and Consequence:

This event was associated with coastal flooding in the Bristol Channel, effecting areas of Somerset, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire (Lowe, 1870). The effects of the high tide – the height of which rose to within 4 or 5 inches of that of the Great Storm in 1703 – were exacerbated by rain and hail. The force of the waves destroyed 200 yards of sea wall and a public house in Bristol; the damage came to £100,000 for the whole city. In Redwick (Monmouthshire) and surrounding areas, 800 sheep drowned, adding to those lost at Highbridge. A further 130 cattle perished in Chepstow, where the damage came to £8000.

Summary table:

Loss of life *
Residential property Houses inundated in Bridgewater
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost £100,000 worth of damage in Bristol; £8000 worth in Chepstow
Ports *
Transport *
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock Over 800 sheep and 130 cattle drowned
Agricultural land Hundreds of acres of farmland submerged at Highbridge
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences 200 yards of sea wall demolished

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  1. Lowe, E. J. (1870). Natural Phenomena and Chronology of the Seasons. London: Bell and Dalby.