Storm Event

Pounded mercilessly by mountainous sea for hours

Severity ? 2


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Receptor and Consequence

According to Hickey (1997), this event was associated with localised impacts in Scotland. The village of Crovie was worst affected, where the coastal road was “washed” away and many houses left damaged due to the storm. Thirty families were forced to evacuate, and residents were reportedly faced with the prospect of abandoning the village. Gardenstown was also impacted, and total damages were estimated at £100,000 (1957 monies). There was also flooding in Bridgewater, Combwich and Ilfracombe, in addition to parts of the Thames Valley (Zong and Tooley, 2003).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property *
Evacuation & Rescue 30 families evacuated from a village in Crovie
Cost Estimated £100,000 worth of damage in Gardenstown alone
Ports *
Transport Coastal roads in Crovie washed away
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Hickey, K. R. (1997). Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at:
  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).