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Flood in Bristol Channel 30th January 1607


Andy Bown

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

An absorbing account just now on BBC Points West on the 400th anniversary of what is believed to have been a tsunami along the Bristol Channel/Severn estuary.

Here are a few links about that flood...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6311527.stm

http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/1607-flood.shtml

http://website.lineone.net/~mike.kohnstamm/flood/causes.html

In my lifetime towns such as (especially) Minehead and Weston Super Mare have built flood defences which have been breached many times. You'll never beat Mother Nature IMO.

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

Hi Andy,

I read about that this morning, certainly an eye opener. I would dread to think how many would be affected by this, if it happened again.

Russ

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

They featured a 'pretend' forecast presented by Richard Angwin (the regular regional forecaster) where he showed how much the landmass around the Bristol Channel would (could) change if it happened again.

Unfortunately I can find no link to show it on here, so from memory the coastline advanced approx 10/15 miles inland.

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