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Coastal surges and flooding in the UK: a prompt for more sustainable drainage?

January 2014

In early January 2014, at the same time that North America was experiencing heavy snow storms and sub-zero temperatures, the UK was also facing its own package of extreme weather

Coastal surges and flooding in the UK: a prompt for more sustainable drainage?

The heavy wind and rain arrived shortly after the New Year and by 05 January 2014 there were flood alerts in every region in England and Wales – as well as flood warnings in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Intense storms caused coastal surges and heavy rainfall which led to extensive flooding across the country, particularly in the south and south east.


This article will be useful for those considering extreme weather events, the effects of coastal surges and/or flooding in the UK. It is includes information for those studying the effectiveness of coastal and river management systems. The information included here will specifically be useful for:

AQA – GEOG 1: Physical and Human Geography

Edexcel – Unit 1 Global Challenge and Unit 2 Geographical Investigations

IB Geography Part 2 Optional Themes – Freshwater issues and conflicts

OCR – F761 Managing Physical Environments and F763 Global Issues

Pre-U Component 1 Geographical Issues Section A – Hydrological Hazards

WJEC Unit G1 Changing Physical Environments – Theme 2 Instigating tectonic and hydrological change.

In the Members' Area:

  • What caused the storms?
  • What were the effects of the storms?
  • A battered coastline: Aberystwyth
  • The aftermath
  • Flood management
  • Smart drainage systems: Sheffield

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