Storm Event

'The onslaught of the waves during the last three days has left a trail of wreckage all along the shore'

Severity ? 2


On 18th December 1945, there was coastal flooding in Seaford and Chiswell according to Zong and Tooley (2003), with strong winds and high tides causing flooding and damage along the wider south and east coasts (The Times, 1945).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

This event was reported to have damaged 30 bungalows and two residential clubs in Hayling Island. At Eastoke, the coastline was thrust back by more than 35 ft. [10.7 m] and waves were breaking over the roofs of residential properties. In Seaford, the waves reached heights of about 40–50 ft. [12.2–15.2m], damaging about 100 yards [91.4 m] of the sea wall. On December 19th, there was flooding in parts of Hampshire including Hayling Island where damage to property totalled several thousands of pounds (Ruocco et al., 2011).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property 30 bungalows flooded in Hayling Island
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost Estimated several thousand pounds worth of damage to property
Ports *
Transport *
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion Eastoke lost 35 ft of coastline to the sea
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences 100 yards of seawall damaged in Seaford

*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. The Times, (1945). ‘Damage By Gale And Tide’. Times Newspapers Limited, [London, England]. The Times Digital Archive.
  3. Ruocco, A. Nicholls, R. J., Haigh, I. D., and Wadey, M. (2011). ‘Reconstructing Coastal Flood Occurrence Combining Sea Level and Media Sources: A case study of the Solent UK since 1935’. Natural Hazards, 59(3): 1773-1796. Available at: (Accessed: 27 March 2015).