Storm Event

'it was the worst flood within the memory of living man’

Severity ? 1


The storm developed at the south of Nova Scotia, Canada on the 27th of December 1871 and moved north-eastwards towards Iceland). On the 29th of December 1871, the storm combined with a very deep depression that was previously over Iceland. On the 30th of December 1871, the central pressure was about 960 mbar over Iceland, producing very strong westerly winds. On the first of January 1872, the storm was north-east of Iceland, which produced very strong southerly to south-westerly winds (Boza, 2018).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

In Northam, there is evidence of a water mark from the 1st of January 1872 on a wall at the corner that unites 2 streets. Even there is not enough information, the newspapers stated that ‘it was the worst flood within the memory of living man’ (Boza, 2018).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property *
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport 2 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. Boza, X. (2018). The Reconstruction and Analysis of Historical Coastal Flood Events from 1800’s in the Solent, UK. Southampton MSc Dissertation.