Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

On 20th December 1968, it was reported that some roads, non-residential property, and areas of marshland in Hythe were flooded during this event, reaching depths of up to 9 inches [0.2 m] in places (Ruocco et al. 2011). Other affected areas included Lymington and Ryde, with rough seas at the latter location forcing closure of the train service on the pier. 21st December 1968 was also associated with flooding in several locations around the Solent (Ruocco et al. 2011). Impacts were reportedly most serious in Cowes, Isle of Wight where parts of the town centre were inundated to a depth of 3 ft. [0.9 m] Pedestrians were ferried around local roads on boat, and several non-residential properties were affected.


  1. Ruocco, A.C. et al. 2011. Reconstructing coastal flood occurrence combining sea level and media sources: a case study of the Solent, UK since 1935. Natural Hazards, 59(3), pp.1773–1796. Available at: [Accessed March 27, 2015].