Storm Event

Severity ? 1


On the 23rdand 24thof March, a small but intense depression moved up the Irish Sea and across northern England, which was accompanied by strong south-westerly winds and heavy rain (Met Office, 1955).


Wave overtopping in Southampton (Ruocco, 2009).

Receptor and Consequence

This event was associated with limited flooding caused by overtopping in Southampton, with some quayside areas flooded (Ruocco et al., 2011). Poole Quay was also reportedly flooding as well as surrounding low lying land at Stoney Land (Burrows, 2017). In Redbridge, meadows were flooded (Smith, 2011).

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  1. Met Office, (1955). March 1955, ‘Monthly Weather Report of the Meteorological Office’, Monthly Weather Report, 72 (3).
  2. Ruocco, A. (2009). Reconstructing Coastal Flood Occurrence in the Solent since 1935 using Historical Database. Southampton MSc Dissertation.
  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).
  4. Burrows, S. (2017). Analysis of Historical Coastal Floods in Dorset from 1935 -2014. Southampton Undergraduate Thesis.
  5. Smith, M. J. K. (2011). Coastal Flooding in Southampton. Southampton Undergraduate Thesis.