Storm Event

Severity ? 2


It was reported Ryde was ‘battered’ by 70 mph gale coinciding with 14 feet high tide (Ruocco, 2009).


This event left Ryde with badly damaged sea wall (Ruocco, 2009).

Receptor and Consequence

Monktonmead brook running through Ryde overflowed and flooded houses in Westhill road and the Strand, causing 14 properties to be pumped out (Ruocco, 2009). Simmon Street recreation ground was under 3 feet of water at one time. Salterns road, Seaview and Gully road which runs down to Seagrove bay were mentioned as the worst roads affected by flood. Carpenters road, St Helens was also submerged in places.

In Cowes, High Street was submerged under 18 inches deep of water. At East Cowes, traffic was diverted when castle street under 9 inches of water.

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Houses in Westhill Road flooded.
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Pier railway out of action. Roads flooded (Salterns road, Seaview and Gully road, Carpenters road, High Street Cowes, Castle Street).
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences Sea wall was badly damaged.

*No known sources of information available


  1. Ruocco, A. (2009). Reconstructing Coastal Flood Occurrence in the Solent since 1935 using Historical Database. Southampton MSc Dissertation.