Storm Event

Severity ? 2


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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.

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Homes flooded in the village of Pill
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Roads flooded; passengers of the ferry landed mid-way up main street. Main coastal road submerged in St. Peter Port
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


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