Storm Event

'Almost every house was enveloped in the surge and foam.'

Severity ? 3


This event was associated with an unusually high tide accompanied by southwest winds, followed by northwest winds (Hickey, 1997).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

Coastal flooding was reported on the west coast of Scotland, where the tide at Calmside (Kirkcolm) was said to have risen 16 yards higher than it had in the 20 years prior to the event. There was great destruction of property in Stranraer; 2 houses were washed away on Clayton Street, one behind Fisher Street, and many more seriously damaged. Roads were flooded and at Clayton Street some of the roadway was lost to the sea (Hickey, 1997).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Homes ‘enveloped’ by the flood waters on Clayton Street, Fisher Street, North Strand Street, Harbour Street (Stranraer). 2 houses washed away on Clayton Street
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Roadways washed away on Clayton Street, other streets flooded
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Hickey, K. R. (1997). Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at: