Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

On 24th October 1961, there was an event described by residents of one local road in Old Portsmouth as the worst in living memory (Ruocco et al. 2011; Haigh et al. 2015). Similarly, residents in Northney, Hayling where residential properties were also inundated to several ft. deep described the flooding as the worst in 20 years. Extensive flooding was reported at other areas in and around Portsmouth including Drayton, Eastney, and Langstone, with many local roads inundated, alongside residential and non-properties. Defences were also badly damaged in places. Also on 24th October 1961, at North Skye (West Scotland) the piers at Armadale and Raasay, and several low-lying properties were flooded (Dawson et al. 2011). 25th October 1961 was associated with repeated flooding in Old Portsmouth (continuing from one day earlier), but of lesser severity (Ruocco et al. 2011). There was overtopping at Hayling Island and Emsworth, with non-residential properties and quayside property badly affected. In Northney, school children were ferried across floodwater of up to 5 ft. [1.5 m] depth.


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