Storm Event

Severity ? 2


No known sources of information.


Overtopping and seepage at Chesil Beach (West, 2014).

Receptor and Consequence

14th October 1976 was associated with coastal flooding in Torquay, Devon (Zong and Tooley, 2003). 15th October 1976 was associated with flooding at Chiswell, Isle of Portland (West, 2014). The island was cut off from the mainland once the adjoining road became inundated.

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property *
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport *
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences Defences breached at Chesil Beach

*No known sources of information available


  1. West, I.W. (2014). Chesil Beach – Hurricanes, Storms, and Storm Surges. Geology of the Wessex Coast of Southern England. Available at: (Accessed: 8 March 2015).
  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).