Storm Event

Severity ? 2


No known sources of information.


Burrows (2017) reported that flood water breached the sea wall in Dorset.

Receptor and Consequence

7th October 1987 was associated with widespread flooding around the Solent, Hampshire (Ruocco et al. 2011). In the Isle of Wight, residential properties were inundated in Shanklin, Ryde and Cowes, with some in the latter two locations requiring pumping to remove flood water. Many local roads were also flooded around the mouth of the River Hamble and in Southampton. Other impacted areas included Lymington and Fareham. Lawrence (2017) reported of shops, streets and the harbour flooding in Brighton. In Dorset, Weymouth and West Bay experienced inundated roads (Burrows, 2017). 9th October 1987 was also associated with coastal flooding on the Isle of Wight (Zong and Tooley, 2003). An event was also recorded for an unspecified time in October 1987; and associated with coastal flooding in North Cornwall; at Boscastle (River Valency), and approximately 20km further southwest at Chapel Amble and Polmorla (River Camell; Cornwall Council, 2011). The only time this month in which there was an extreme sea level in the region was on 7th October 1987at Newlyn; hence this is very likely to be part of the same event.

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Isle of Wight homes inundated in Shanklin, Ryde and Cowes. Properties flooded around the River Hamble
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports Port work disrupted in Southampton; Town Quay flooded
Transport Cars arriving on Isle of Wight ferry were diverted. Roads blocked and flooded from Brighton to West Bay in Dorset, including Weston Shore Road, Hamble Square, Test Lane (Redbridge)
Energy *
Public services Police close toll bridge
Water & wastewater Properties required pumping in Ryde and Cowes to remove flood water
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Burrows, S. (2017). Analysis of Historical Coastal Floods in Dorset from 1935 -2014. Southampton Undergraduate Thesis.
  2. 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).
  3. Lawrence, A. (2017). A Historical Analysis of Coastal Flooding in South-East England 1924-2016. Southampton Undergraduate Thesis.
  4. Burrows, S. (2017). Analysis of Historical Coastal Floods in Dorset from 1935 -2014. Southampton Undergraduate Thesis.
  5. 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).