Storm Event

Severity ? 1


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Receptor and Consequence

15th–16th March 1947 was associated with a storm surge along the English east coast (Hickey, 1997; Eden, 2008). This event coincides with some of the worst river floods known of in the UK, triggered by the rapid thaw of snow that covered much of the country (RMS, 2007). The coastal contribution to the floods is uncertain (hence why this is only a Category 1 event despite that the floods over this period were severe) although there was some marine influence. For example, the Lower Trent Valley was inundated as the flood wave reached the tidal part of the river where it was impeded by a spring tide (RMS, 2007).

Summary Table

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  1. Hickey, K. R. (1997). Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at:
  2. Eden, P. (2008). Great British Weather Disasters. London: Continuum UK.
  3. RMS, (2007). 1947 U.K. River Floods: 60-Year Retrospective, London, England. Available at: