Storm Event

'The tide was higher than any tide for more than 30 years back'

Severity ? 2


A tremendous gale of wind from the South coincide with a full moon and a spring tide. The tide was not as high as the tide of 19-20 of January 1804, however, according to Hampshire Telegraph, it was higher than any tide for more than 30 years that the tide was 9 inches than was ever remembered before (Boza, 2018).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

In this event, Zong and Tooley (2003) reported that flooding happened in coast Folkstone to Isle of Wight. In Portsmouth, streets were flooded to a depth that even boats could navigate and several shops in the low-lying grounds had 30 inches of water. Several people sustained considerable damages and pedestrian traffic was interrupted (Boza, 2018). Tidal flooding was also reported from Leith (Hickey, 1997).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property *
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports Streets were flooded to a depth that even boats could navigate.
Transport *
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Boza, X. (2018). The Reconstruction and Analysis of Historical Coastal Flood Events from 1800’s in the Solent, UK. Southampton MSc Dissertation.
  2. 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).
  3. Hickey, K. R. (1997). Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at: