Storm Event

Severity ? 2


No known sources of information.


The River Sark experienced high sea levels for approximately one mile upstream, and the inrush of water overran land between the rivers Sark and Esk, leaving the Sark Tollbar marooned.

Receptor and Consequence

This event reportedly saw the highest tide for over 40 years in Solway Firth according to Hickey (1997). Here, fields and roads at “many” points along the shore were submerged. At Gretna, flooding of agricultural land resulted in the loss of 40 sheep. Approximately 22 acres [0.1 km2] of land surrounding the Annan – Dumfries road was also inundated, and one person was left injured having cycled over an eroded hole. A number of residential properties were flooded in Annan.

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Some flooding of residential properties in Annan
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Coastal roads submerged, including that from Annan to Dumfries; roadways damaged between Annan Bridge and Milnfield
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock 40 sheep drowned at Ellisonbank farm
Agricultural land Fields along the shore were flooded; flooding at Waterfoot and Hillend farms in Annan, Ellisonbank and Old Graitney farms in Gretna and Sarfoot farm in Solway Firth
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: