Storm Event

Severity ? 2

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. 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. 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.


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