Storm Event

Severity ? 2


No knows sources of information.


This event was associated with overtopping of the harbour wall in Looe at high tide (British Pathe, n.d.).

Receptor and Consequence

This event was associated with flooding in Looe, Saltash and Brixham (Zong and Tooley, 2003; Haigh et al., 2015). In Looe, a holiday resort and the main street were flooded (British Pathe, n.d.).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property *
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports Harbour wall overtopped
Transport Main street flooded in Looe
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. British Pathé, (no date). ‘Around Britain – Cornwall – Floods 1948’. British Pathé. [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 19 July 2014).
  2. 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).
  3. Haigh, I. D., Wadey, M. P., Gallop, S. L., Loehr, H., Nicholls, R. J., Horsburgh, K., Brown, J. M., and Bradshaw, E., (2015). ‘A user-friendly database of coastal flooding in the United Kingdom from 1915–2014’. Scientific Data, 2, p.150021. Available at: