Storm Event

'Gales and high tides led to considerable coastal damage’

Severity ? 2


Great gale on Wednesday night and Thursday morning combined with high tides ‘led to considerable coastal damage’ in Chichester  and Lymington (Akehurst, 2011).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

There was coastal flooding in Chichester and Lymington during this event. Beacon boarding house was flooded when the sea broke over. West Street and villages on Chichester harbour creeks experienced a lot of damage due to high tides. The mid-day tide at Bosham caused water to pour through the back door of many cottages marooning many occupants upstairs for some time. The Anchor Inn turned into a lake and main Portsmouth Road flooded at Cutt Mill. Tremendous seas in Selsey exposed the Bill area. Bath Road flooded as well as Town Quay. Tide was so high that it reached within a short distance of gardens of railway bridge (Akehurst, 2011).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Beacon boarding houses flooded. Villages on Chichester flooded. Many cottages flooded at Bosham.
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Roads reported to have been flooded: West Street, main Portsmouth Road at Cutt Mill, Bath Road.
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Akehurst, K. (2011). Coastal Flooding in the Solent, an Analysis using Sea Levels and Media Records. Southampton Undergraduate Thesis.