Storm Event

Severity ? 2


Storm surge along the English Channel coast associated with a south-westerly gale, combine with rapid thawing of heavy snow (Eden, 2008).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

This event was associated with flooding at Shoreham according to Zong and Tooley (2003). The Times (1918) report “much” flooding over the country at the time of this event, due to a combination of storms, snow, sleet and rain. The flooding at Shoreham, and at Littlehampton, was caused by overflowing rivers. At Northam, Southampton low-lying areas and some residential properties were flooded, and some streets were flooded to a depth of several feet.

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Low-lying properties inundated in Northam, Southampton
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Some streets flooded several feet high in Northam, Southampton
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Eden, P. (2008). Great British Weather Disasters. London: Continuum.
  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).
  3. The Times, (1918). ‘Severe Snowstorm’. Times Newspapers Limited, [London, England]. The Times Digital Archive.