Storm Event

For the first time in many years the sea has broken in and mingled with the Lune

Severity ? 4


This event was associated with low pressure disturbance over central Ireland on 16thMarch 1907, with the lowest barometer reading at 28’87 ins (Valencia) at 16:40, which rapidly fell to 20’18 ins by 18:00. The system created a west to southwest gale forces wind across England and Ireland which created a high tide on Irish Sea coasts (Met Office, 1907).


The River Lune, after weeks of heavy rain, broke its banks with the high tide (Looking Back: Lune’s huge flood, 2015).

Receptor and Consequence:

The effects of the flood were felt along the Irish Sea coast (Met Office, 1907). In the Lune estuary there was extensive flooding of land, from White Lund to Regent Park recreational ground. Acres of farmland were flooding, with hundreds of sheep and poultry lost to the sea. Roads and railways were left badly damaged and West Ends Pier partially collapsed (Looking Back: Lune’s huge flood, 2015). Lower floors of homes were flooded, and neighbours or friends used boats to deliver them groceries or take them to safety. The lower levels of hospital in the area flooded and nurses had to wade through waist deep water to move children to the upper floors. In Morecambe, the damage was estimated at several hundreds of pounds (Postcards of Morecambe, n.d.).

Summary table:

Loss of life *
Residential property Lower storeys of homes flooded George Street, Charles Street, Buxton Street and Croft Street
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost Damages estimated at hundreds of pounds in Morecambe alone
Ports *
Transport Roadways and train track torn up
Energy *
Public services Hospital flooded in Lancashire; nurses wading through waist deep water to move sick children to the upper floors. Fire engines used to pump water out of cellars
Water & wastewater *
Livestock Hundreds of sheep and poultry lost
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences Promenade fractured in places

*No known sources of information available


  1. Met Office, (1907). March 1907. Climate Summaries. Retrieved [05/09/2018] from
  2. Looking Back: Lune’s huge flood. (2015). Retrieved [05/09/2018] from
  3. Postcards of Morecambe (n.d.). Retrieved [05/09/2018] from