Storm Event

Severity ? 1

Receptor and Consequence

On 28th October 1996, there was localised flooding in the Solent, Hampshire including parts of Emsworth and Langstone where some areas were flooded to a depth of 3 ft. [0.91 m], with the high street at the latter location inundated over a length of 50 ft. [15.24 m] (Ruocco et al. 2011). Other affected areas included Gosport, Southsea and Hayling Island. October 29th was associated with a breach in the gravel barrier at Porlock Bay, Somerset which subsequently allowed flooding of the marshland behind (Haigh et al., 2015).


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