Isle of Wight High Tide Flood

After all the rain and wind of the St Jude storm, coastal parts of Hampshire and Isle of Wight in the south of England saw flooding of another kind on Monday 4th November, brought by unusually high tides in the area.

The Isle of Wight lies around 5 miles / 8km off the coast of Hampshire. It is England’s largest island, around 146.7 sq miles or 380 km² in size, with a population of around 140,000. It is a popular tourist destination and connected to the mainland by ferries. Some of the ferry services to the island suffered as a result of the high tide as cars and passengers had to wade through flood water in order to board the boats. The chain ferry at Cowes, often known as the “floating bridge” had to be suspended.

Floods in Isle of Wight
Floods in Isle of Wight. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Parts of the towns of Newport Quay and Hythe were flooded by the high tide. The UK’s Environment Agency issued a number of flood warnings on Monday, and some Flood alert (lowest level warnings) remained in place yesterday, but have been lifted as of today, 6th November.


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