Storm Event

Great surge of water rushed down the road carrying a car like a boat.

Severity ? 2


No known sources of information.


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

The sea levels at Hayling Island, Hampshire reached “frightening” heights during this event, with many homes “swamped” by flood water and vehicles swept away Ruocco et al. 2011). The flood water reached waist high in some properties, with one reportedly left with shingle indoors reaching to a depth of 3 ft [0.9 m]. Properties here incurred damages to thousands of pounds, with some left in danger of collapsing. In Ryde, the hovercraft was blown off the terminal by the strong winds. The hover-port was ravaged by the waves, which ripped up tarmac and tore signs and lights away (Ruocco, 2009).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Homes inundated in Hayling Island, some left in danger of collapse
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost Estimated thousands of pounds worth of damage
Ports Hover-port sustained damage
Transport Hovercraft disrupted in Ryde. Cars swept away at Hayling Island; roads flooded, including Meath Close, Bembridge Drive, Southwood Road, Eastoke Corner, Culver Drive
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater Flood water pumped from Southwood Road
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


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