Photo 36 (Return)

Overwashing and flooding event at West Bay, 11th February 1974 (Photo P.E. Payne, Bridport). Heavy waves and a storm surge resulted in overwashing of East Beach and flooding of the town and the Lower Britt valley. Note the stockpile of mined beach gravel awaiting transport away from the site. It is likely that mining had reduced the resilience of the beach prior to this event.