Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

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). At Hayling Island, 30 bungalows and two residential clubs were damaged. 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).


  1. Zong, Y. & Tooley, M.J., 2003. A Historical Record of Coastal Floods in Britain: Frequencies and Associated Storm Tracks. Natural Hazards, 29(1), pp.13–36. Available at: [Accessed March 5, 2015].
  2. The Times, 1945. Damage By Gale And Tide. Times Newspapers Limited, [London, England]. The Times Digital Archive.
  3. Ruocco, A.C. et al. 2011. Reconstructing coastal flood occurrence combining sea level and media sources: a case study of the Solent, UK since 1935. Natural Hazards, 59(3), pp.1773–1796. Available at: [Accessed March 27, 2015].