Whitby Storm Surge 2013 – Whitby Flooding

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Whitby Storm Surge 2013 – Whitby Flooding

On December 5th 2013 Whitby was hit by flooding caused by a very major storm surge. National news reported this to be the biggest surge of its type in The North Sea since 1953.

Whitby Storm Surge - Weatherspoons Under Water During Floods

Whitby Storm Surge – Weatherspoons Under Water During Floods

The huge tidal surge caused loss of power throughout the town centre and several small fires were dealt with by the local fire brigade.

Properies around the town center suffered significant flood damage and many properties on Church Street were flooded out with residents having to move from their homes for six months or more whilst thier properties dried out and were repaired.

Many residents and business owners were angry with Scarborough Borough Council for the lack of preventative action in the days and hours leading upto the storm surge which had been predicted almost 48hours prior to the event.

Angry residents say they were not warned what to expect by the council, and alsothe lack of sandbag provision was also highlighted as a major failing by the council.

Local residents came to each others rescue and in the days following the floods a group of local volunteers, headed by the local congregational church were on hand to help residents clean out their ruined belongings.

Reverand Mark Ladds set up a furniture wharehouse at his church and financial donations were made to help the flood victims.

What Caused The Floods In Whitby ??

A storm surge is caused by a low pressure system crossing the top of the North Sea above Scotland. It has little to do with waves, winds or tides on a local basis, infact the last tidal surge at Whitby in 2011 occurred on a very calm night with a neap tide in Whitby.

The low pressure system with high winds and large waves above Scotland pushes the water away, and in this case the excess water gets funneled down the north sea and causes flooding to low lieing areas.

Although Rare, storm surges are not unknown in Whitby and I can personally think of at least 4 in the last 10 years. The last storm surge to hit Whitby was in 2011 and is documented here on Real Whitby.

The Storm surge of December 2013 was more severe because of how deep the low pressure was which passed over Scotland on Thursday 5th Dec.

Coupled with Spring tides of 5.8 Meters, the water levels were already high, meaning the extra surge had nowhere to go, other than onto the streets and areas surrounding the lower harbour.

 Do You Have Any Stories About The Storm Surge ?

Were you or your family effected ? Would you like to tell your story ? Perhaps thank friends and family who helped out ? Then please send us your story to realwhitby@gmail.com

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Further Reading On Flooding At Whitby

By |2015-12-05T10:00:53+00:00December 5th, 2013|Categories: Featured, History, News, Whitby Photographs|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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7 Comments

  1. Cussy Kazza December 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    hope everyone is ok

  2. Michael Kilpatrick December 6, 2013 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Although I live in Canada now both my wife and I have very found memories of Whitby and it’s wonderful people.Stay strong!!

  3. Mel Gama December 6, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Love from Brazil. Fingers crossed!

  4. Michael Kilpatrick December 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Yes Glen you and I are cousins my mom was Jean and your dad was my uncle Bill

    • Real Whitby Webmaster December 6, 2013 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      Oh wow, thats good. I think I remember you. We used to visit your house in Skelton as Children ?

  5. jackie December 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Well yet again woodstock of Grape lane show their true colours. While everyone else was limited to a small amount of sand bags they aquired at least 20 if not more. When a poor women was trying to tell them about her flooding, the response was to shout “Well were fine” !!!! how truly community spirited these shop owners are. These are the kind of people that give the wonderful people of Whitby a bad name.

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