Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

This event was associated with coastal flooding in Bristol and Pill-on-Avon (Zong and Tooley, 2003). The village of Pill was flooded on three occasions, with the inundation during 23rd September 1953 described as the worst in 20 years (The Times, 1953). Ferry boat passengers were landed half way up the main street. Residential properties and some roads were flooded. The highest tide for 15 years was observed in Guernsey during this event, where overtopping flooded some residential and non-residential properties. The main coastal road in St. Peter Port was under 2 ft. [0.6 m] of water and many other roads were also flooded.


  1. Zong, Y. & Tooley, M.J., 2003. A Historical Record of Coastal Floods in Britain: Frequencies and Associated Storm Tracks. Natural Hazards, 29(1), pp.13–36. Available at: [Accessed March 5, 2015].
  2. The Times, 1953. Ferry Boat In Main Street. Times Newspapers Limited, [London, England]. The Times Digital Archive.