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Coastal Flooding Map

Known Coastal Flooding Events
Bateau Cove, Great Northern Peninsula
11 Dec 1919
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Big storm reported as one of the worst ever on the coast. Store at Bateau Cove was destroyed. Considerable damage reported at Little Harbour (location unknown), and Island Cove. Little Harbour Head lighthouse covered with ice (60 m high tower). $15,000 damage in total. Stores stages etc. also damaged at Rocky Harbour and Trout River.
Battle Harbour
23 Dec 1925
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Property destroyed by storm. Stages and storage sheds mostly damaged.
Bay of Islands
08 Sep 1916
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Culverts blocked. Humber River rose 1.5 m in five hours. Bridge destroyed.
Bonavista
01 Nov 1755
Deaths:?
Injuries:?
Probable result of Lisbon earthquake. Emptied Bonavista harbour and 10 minutes later water returned and overflowed parts of the community. Song 'A Great Big Sea Hove In Long Beach' may have originated from this event.
Bonne Bay to Blanc Sablon
06 Jan 1929
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Storm damaged coast from Bonne Bay to Blanc Sablon. Storm destroyed stages that stood for 30 years. Reported by the S.S. Sagona.
Burin Peninsula
18 Nov 1929
Deaths:28
Injuries:?
A tsunami affected much of the Burin Peninsula coast, east side. It was produced by an earthquake on the Grand Banks that measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. The tsunami had slowed to about 40 km/hr upon impact with the coast. It arrived as three main pulses, causing local sea levels to rise between 3 and 7 m. Twenty-eight lives were lost on the Burin Peninsula. Total damage to property was estimated at about $1 million (1929 dollars).
Cape Ray
20 Oct 1974
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Wind storm. High seas at Cape Ray washed out about 30 m of railway track causing derailment of 2 diesel locomotives. Wind caused $1000 damage in Port aux Basques.
Conception Bay
10 Oct 1992
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Severe storm produced considerable damage to property along much of the Conception Bay shore. Numerous boats sunk or damaged. Barrier bars overtopped or breached. Coastal cliffs eroded.
Corner Brook
27 Dec 1901
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
High tide. Undermined railway for about 50 m, and delayed train.
Cox's Cove
27 Nov 1955
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Coastal flooding coupled with increased stream runoff damaged community.
Cox's Cove
12 Dec 1977
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Storm caused waves to overtop breakwater. Washed away part of road, damaged slipways and flooded homes. Same storm also damaged Parsons Pond and Stephenville Crossing, through waves breaching barrier beaches.
East Coast, St. John's, Carbonear
11 Jan 1955
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Worst storm in memory battered East Coast. Surging waves sent water 60 m in the air against the steep cliffs around St. John's Harbour. In St. John's, 12 wharves and two small boats were destroyed at an estimated cost of $12,000. At Carbonear, 12 m of railway was washed out to sea. Huge breakers shot water over the dome of the lighthouse at Fort Amherst, 35 m asl.
Humber Arm
29 Nov 1901
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Property damage at the mouth of Humber River. Brakes house flooded. Railway at Grand Bay (Barachois) 8 km east of Port aux Basques, had about 100 m washed away by waves.
Humber Arm
09 Feb 1933
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
High winds and tidal wave. At Curling, stores along the waterfront were flooded. At Humbermouth, water entered houses. At Petries, Gillams, Middle Arm and McIvers there was considerable damage to property. At Sandy Point (Flat Bay Island), tide swept over and through breakwater flooding many houses. Railway damaged at Grand Bay. In St. George's Bay 12 m of dump washed away and delayed train for 2 days.
Humber River
25 Aug 1927
Deaths:1
Injuries:0
Tidal wave swept up Humber River. Calm until 9 a.m. when wind shifted creating a wall of water 1 m high. Damaged boats and much of the railway around Seal Head. At Humbermouth, George Layden swept from boom and was killed. Damage in other areas but no details.
Kelligrews
30 Oct 1921
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Sea washed away considerable distance of rail line. Damage also reported at Lumsden, Musgrave, Ladle Cove, Carmanville and Indian Head.
Kelligrews
25 Dec 1925
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Railway track under water as result of severe storm. Other parts of track covered in debris, and sleepers washed inland by several metres.
La Manche
28 Jan 1966
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Major storm washed away all boats, anchors, stores, and flakes of community. Damaged houses. Some people lost up to $30 000 in property. Community was resettled following storm.
Labrador Coast
10 Oct 1885
Deaths:?
Injuries:?
The Great Labrador Gale. Long period of stormy weather that eventually produced 190 kph winds and a 'tidal wave.' Considerable damage at Fanny's Harbour (Cape Harrigan), Manaaks Island, Ragged Island, Iron Bound Island, White Bears, Black Island, Domino, Brig Harbour, Indian Tickle, Grady, Seal Islands, Batteau, Punch Bowl. About 300 people died, but unclear how many, if any, died on shore as a result of flooding.
Lawn
05 Mar 1916
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Big storm occurred on March 5th and 6th. Destroyed Grants new store. Very high tide. Damage reported to other places along Burin Peninsula.
Parsons Pond
06 Dec 1976
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Onshore winds and high tides destroyed the protective natural beach barrier allowing sea water to flood area north of river.
Placentia Bay
07 Dec 1931
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Severe gale. Prowseton and Davis Cove had higher tides than during the 1929 quake. Wharves and flakes were destroyed. Four houses were flooded. Placentia also damaged by 'tidal wave'.
Placentia
03 Feb 1964
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Severe flooding. Houses flooded, people forced to row along roads in dories. Unusual high tides flooded houses in St. Mary's, Placentia Bay.
Placentia
?? Jan 1982
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Worst flooding in history of community. Houses flooded, people forced to row along roads in dories. Unusually high tides flooded houses in St. Mary's, Placentia Bay.
Placentia
?? Dec 1983
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Severe flooding occurred during storm. Remedial measures cost in excess of $3,000,000.
Placentia-Pointe Verde
10 Jan 1912
Deaths:1
Injuries:0
Charles Cosgrove apparently swept out to sea by huge waves whilst heading for Ship Cove after a wedding in Placentia.
South Coast
18 Aug 1886
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Great storm with considerable damage done to buildings and shipping. A violent storm swept over St. Pierre. Buildings were blown down and considerable damage done to shipping.
South Coast
23 Jan 1925
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Shoreline from Fortune Bay to Port aux Basques ravaged by storm. Considerable damage onshore, but most offshore.
St. George's
29 Oct 1938
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Grim sea caused $40 000 in storm damages. Breakwater was swept away at St. George's and settlement was flooded. Two schooners were driven ashore and 300 cords of pulpwood swept away. Damage at Cape Ray railway dumps. Highest tide since tidal wave of 1929.
St. John's
11 Jan 1775
Deaths:?
Injuries:?
Gale. Sea suddenly rose 10 m. People killed on land (numbers unknown). Fishermen afterwards commonly dragged up 20-30 bodies in their nets.
St. Shott's
27 Jun 1864
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Sea receded and uncovered HMS Little Drake which was submerged in 5 fathoms of water. Then tidal wave hit, damage ensued. Blocked gut at St. Shott's. Suggested cause probably volcanic eruption off the Southern Shore. Earthquake shock felt at St. John's.
Stephenville Crossing, Bay of Islands
19 Dec 1951
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Severe storm at Stephenville Crossing washed out rail bed and 15 telegraph poles were blown down. Train station was also flooded along with Avalon Telephone exchange. Rail line was closed for three days. Over 600 people were evacuated. West Street was under 1.2 m of water. Winds of 180 kph were recorded. Damage was also reported at Summerside, Bay of Islands, and many fishermen lost boats and gear. Storm washed thousands of lobsters ashore.

Reproduced by permission of M. Batterson, D.G.E. Liverman, J. Ryan and D. Taylor, The Assessment of Geological Hazards and Disasters in Newfoundland: An Update. (St. John's: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Mines and Energy, Geological Survey, © 1999). Map adapted by Don Walsh and Tina Riche, 2000.


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