Storm Event

'At high water huge waves broke over the Ballast Bank'

Severity ? 2


9th January 1936 was associated with flooding in Newport (Zong and Tooley, 2003). The location is ambiguous – it is not confirmed whether this was Newport on the Isle of Wight, or south Wales – although the storm track and events on 10th January 1936 suggest western UK (and hence Wales) was affected. Meteorological observations at Paisley and Abbotsinch indicate gusts of 62 knots [32 m/s] and 58 knots [30 m/s], respectively. The sea levels in places were described as being “exceptional”.


Hickey (1997) reported overtopping of the esplanade in Rothesay which lead to flooding.

Receptor and Consequence

On 10th January 1936, according to Hickey (1997), there was an event that saw flooding in several towns around the Firth Of Clyde. In Troon, a number of houses were flooded at Harbour Row, and part of the controlled refuse dump on the north shore was washed away. Local roads were also inundated in Largs and Brodick, along with a number of commercial properties in Rothesay, where the water overflowed the esplanade. There was also flooding observed in Ardrossan.

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property 6 houses flooded on Harbour Row, Troon
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Local roads flooded in Scottish towns Largs and Brodick
Energy *
Public services Controlled refuse dump washed away from north shore of Scotland
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences Artificial Ballast Bank was overtopped in Troon

*No known sources of information available


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