Flood Alert Info - Coast from St Margaret's at Cliffe to Sandgate

Area Description

Areas at risk of coastal flooding from St Margaret's at Cliffe to Sandgate, including Dover and Folkestone.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 10 May 2020 20:22
English Channel, North Sea
This alert has been issued because a high tide is expected to affect the foreshore as a result of high spring tides and tidal surge. Tides will be at their highest between 00:15am and 04:15am tomorrow morning, 11/05/20. Flooding to paths, roads and farmland close to the foreshore is possible during this period. Coastal conditions are expected to ease after the high tide and no further alerts are expected to be issued. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures. Please remain aware of your local situation and avoid using low lying footpaths near to the coast. This message will be updated tomorrow morning by 10:00, or sooner if the situation worsens. Detailed information for those that use it: Astronomical tide height is 2.99mAOD, forecast surge is 0.72m, forecast total water level at Dover gauge is 3.71mAOD


Flood Alert issued on 10 May 2020 20:06
English Channel, North Sea
This alert has been issued because a high tide is expected to affect the foreshore as a result of high spring tides and tidal surge. Tides will be at their highest between 00:15am and 04:15am tomorrow morning, 11/05/20. Flooding to paths, roads and farmland close to the foreshore is possible during this period. Coastal conditions are expected to ease after the high tide and no further alerts are expected to be issued. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures. Please remain aware of your local situation and avoid using low lying footpaths near to the coast. This message will be updated tomorrow morning by 10:00, or sooner if the situation worsens. Detailed information for those that use it: Astronomical tide height is 2.99 metres Above Ordnance Datum , forecast surge is 0.72 metres, forecast total water level at Dover gauge is 3.71 metres Above Ordnance Datum.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Apr 2020 13:49
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as large tidal surge is expected to affect the foreshore due to high spring tides. Flooding is expected two hours either side of high tide, between 23:09 today and 03:09 tomorrow, Friday 10/04/20. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. Coastal conditions might continue for the next few days during the high spring tides period. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern, and avoid any flood water. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 10:00 on Friday 10/04/20, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.62 m AOD at 01:09 BST on 10/04/20.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Apr 2020 14:15
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as large tidal surge is expected to affect the foreshore due to high spring tides. Flooding is expected two hours either side of high tide, between 22:25 today and 02:25 tomorrow, Thursday 09/04/20. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. Coastal conditions might continue for the next few days during the high spring tides period. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern, and avoid any flood water. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 10:00 on Thursday 09/04/20, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.68 m AOD at 00:25 BST on 09/04/20.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Mar 2020 09:22
English Channel, North Sea
Large and powerful waves are expected to affect the coastline between Sandgate and St Margaret’s Bay as a result of high spring tides and strong winds. The flooding of property is not expected. Some localised flooding may be experienced in Dover around the Wellington Dock. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff have closed flood gates in sea defences and are checking flood defence structures. For those that use such information, high tide at Dover is due at 12:55pm on Thursday, 12 March. The astronomical tide is 3.28m above Ordnance Datum. The surge will be 0.49m. The overall tide height will be 3.77m above Ordnance Datum. Winds will be force 6, South-Westerly. This message will be updated by 5pm this evening, Thursday 12 March.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Mar 2020 11:48
English Channel, North Sea
Large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore and sea spray may overtop defences as a result of high spring tides and strong winds. High tide at Dover is 12:09pm Wednesday, 11th March 2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for coastal areas, particularly low lying land two to four hours either side of the high tide. Coastal conditions are expected to continue until after the high tides at 1:39pm on Friday, 13th March 2020 at Dover. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using footpaths and plan driving routes to avoid low lying places in the areas affected. This message will be updated by 6pm on Wednesday, 11th March 2020, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for people who use it: ASTRO High 3.32m, Surge 0.58m, Total water height 3.9m.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Mar 2020 09:08
English Channel, North Sea
Large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore and sea spray may overtop defences as a result of high spring tides and strong winds. High tide at Dover is 12:09pm Wednesday, 11th March 2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for coastal areas, particularly low lying land two to four hours either side of the high tide. Coastal conditions are expected to continue until after the high tides at 1:39pm on Friday, 13th March 2020 at Dover. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using footpaths and plan driving routes to avoid low lying places in the areas affected. This message will be updated by 6pm on Wednesday, 11th March 2020, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for people who use it: ASTRO High 3.32m, Surge 0.38m, Total water height 3.9m.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Mar 2020 07:45
English Channel, North Sea
Large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore and sea spray may overtop defences as a result of high spring tides and strong winds. High tide at Dover is 12:09pm Wednesday, 11th March 2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for coastal areas, particularly low lying land two to four hours either side of the high tide. Coastal conditions are expected to continue until after the high tides at 1:18am on Friday, 13th March 2020 at Dover. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using footpaths and plan driving routes to avoid low lying places in the areas affected. This message will be updated by 6pm on Wednesday, 11th March 2020, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for people who use it: ASTRO High 3.32m, Surge 0.38m, Total water height 3.85m.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2020 19:41
English Channel, North Sea
Large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore and sea spray may overtop defences as a result of high spring tides and strong winds. High tide at Dover is 11:50pm Tuesday, 10th March 2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for coastal areas, particularly low lying land two to four hours either side of the high tide. Coastal conditions are expected to continue until after the high tides at 1:18am on Friday, 13th March 2020 at Dover. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using footpaths and plan driving routes to avoid low lying places in the areas affected. This message will be updated by 8am on Wednesday, 11th March 2020, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for people who use it: ASTRO High 3.43m, Surge 0.146m, Total water height, 3.73m.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Feb 2020 12:03
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as the spring tide and large waves are expected to affect low-lying land along the foreshore. Flooding is expected between 12pm and 3pm today, Wednesday 12/02/2020. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low-lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. The unsettled weather with strong winds is forecast to continue over the next few days which may also affect coastal locations on subsequent tides. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades and coastal footpaths during the period of concern. We will continue to monitor the situation and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 9pm on Wednesday 12/02/20, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.63 mAOD at 13:15 on 12/02/20.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Feb 2020 15:50
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore. Flooding is expected two hours either side of high tide, between 23:00 today and 03:00, Wednesday 12/02/20. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. The unsettled weather with strong winds is forecast to continue and the next tide at 13:15 on Wednesday 12/02/20 could also affect locations near the coast. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 10:00 on Wednesday 12/02/20, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.63 m AOD at 01:00 on 12/02/20.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Feb 2020 11:15
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore. Flooding is expected two hours either side of high tide, between 10:30 and 14:30 today, Tuesday 11/02/20. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. The unsettled weather with strong winds is forecast to continue and the next tide at 01:00 on Wednesday 12/02/20 could also affect locations near the coast. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 20:00 on Tuesday 11/02/20, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.66 m AOD at 12:30 on 11/02/20.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2020 19:30
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore. Flooding is expected two hours either side of high tide, between 22:15 today, 10/02/20 and 02:15 tomorrow, 11/02/20. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. The unsettled weather with strong winds is forecast to continue and the next tide at 12:30 on Tuesday 11/02/20 could also affect locations near the coast. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 10:00 on Tuesday 11/02/20, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.87 m AOD at 00:15 on 11/02/20.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2020 10:27
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore. Flooding is expected two hours either side of high tide, between 09:45 and 13:45 today, Monday 10/02/20. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. The unsettled weather with strong winds is forecast to continue and the next tide at 00:15 on Tuesday 11/02/20 could also affect locations near the coast. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 20:00 on Monday 10/02/20, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.98 m AOD at 11:45 on 10/02/20.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 18:01
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore. Flooding is expected two hours either side of high tide, between 09:45 and 13:45 tomorrow, Monday 10/02/20. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. The unsettled weather with strong winds is forecast to continue and the next tides could also affect locations near the coast. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern, and avoid any flood water. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 10:00 on Monday 10/02/20, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.97 m AOD at 11:45 on 10/02/20.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 17:19
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as large and powerful waves are expected to affect the foreshore. Flooding is expected two hours either side of high tide, between 09:45pm today and 13:45 tomorrow, Monday 10/02/20. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. The unsettled weather with strong winds is forecast to continue and the next tides could also affect locations near the coast. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern, and avoid any flood water. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 10:00am on Monday 10/02/20, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.97 m AOD at 11:45am on 10/02/20.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Oct 2019 18:21
English Channel, North Sea
This flood alert has been issued due to the high tide forecast for Monday morning. High tide is expected at 10:45am on Monday 28/10/19 We believe there is a possibility of impacts in coastal areas, particularly low lying land and roads nearest the sea. High tide is expected at 10:45am on Monday morning. Flooding is possible two hours either side of this time from 8:45am till 12:15pm on Monday. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are operating our defences and structures. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous. We do not expect any property flooding at this time. This message will be updated by 1pm on Monday, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Oct 2019 09:15
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert is being maintained as high tides are increasing the risk of flooding in coastal areas through Wednesday 02/10/2019. Flooding is possible this afternoon between 13:00 and 15:00, Wednesday 02/10/2019. This Alert applies to low-lying land near the coast, particularly at, but not restricted to, St Margaret’s Bay and Dover. We will continue to monitor the situation. Please be careful along beaches, promenades and coastal footpaths around high tides. This message will be updated by 20:00 on Wednesday 02/10/2019. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for the next tide at Dover is forecast to be 3.72mAOD at 14:15 on 02/10/2019. Winds are North Westerly Force 5.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Oct 2019 17:53
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert is being maintained as high tides are increasing the risk of flooding in coastal areas until Wednesday 02/10/2019. Flooding is possible overnight tonight between 1:00am and 3:00am, Wednesday 02/10/2019. This Alert applies to low-lying land near the coast, particularly at, but not restricted to, St Margaret’s Bay and Dover. We will continue to monitor the situation. Please be careful along beaches, promenades and coastal footpaths around high tides. This message will be updated by 08:00 on Wednesday 02/10/2019. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for the next tide at Dover is forecast to be 3.70mAOD at 01:52 on 02/10/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Oct 2019 09:10
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued as high tides and strong winds are increasing the risk of flooding in coastal areas on the South coast, which is expected to remain until Wednesday 02/10/2019. Areas at risk are low lying land near the coast, particularly at but not restricted to, Sandgate Esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during high tides. This message will be updated by 21:00 on Tuesday 01/10/19, or sooner if the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water levels for Dover is forecast to be 3.92mAOD at 13:30 on Tuesday 01/10/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Sep 2019 18:23
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert is being re-issued as high tides and strong winds, are increasing the risk of flooding in coastal areas on the South coast which is expected to remain until Wednesday 02/10/2019. Flooding is possible on the upcoming tide from 23:15 this evening Monday 30/09/2019, and 03:15 tomorrow Tuesday 01/10/2019. Areas at risk are low lying land near the coast, particularly at but not restricted to, Sandgate Esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during high tides. This message will be updated by 09:00 on Tuesday 01/10/19, or sooner if the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water levels for Dover is forecast to be 3.68mAOD at 01:15 on 01/10/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Sep 2019 08:03
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been re-issued as high tides and strong winds are increasing the risk of flooding in coastal areas on the South coast, which is expected to remain until Wednesday 2 October. Flooding is possible this afternoon between 12:00 and 15:30 on Monday 30 September. Areas at risk are low lying land near the coast, particularly at but not restricted to, Sandgate Esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. We will have staff deployed in these areas during high tide and we will continue to closely monitor the situation. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during high tides. This message will be updated by 16:00 on 30/09/19, or if the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water levels for Dover is forecast to be 4.06mAOD at 12:45 on 30/09/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 16:35
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been re-issued as high tides and strong winds are expected to affect coastal locations. Flooding could be expected this evening between 10:30pm and 02:30am on Monday 30/09/19. Flood alert conditions are expected to remain until Thursday. Flood warnings may be required for the next tide at 12:45pm on Monday 30/09/19. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 10am on 30/09/19, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water levels for Dover is forecast to be 3.88mAOD at 00:30 and 4.16mAOD at 12:45 on 30/09/19.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Sep 2019 18:19
English Channel, North Sea
This Flood Alert has been issued due to very high tides expected to affect coastal locations. Flooding is expected two hours either side of high tide, between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 29 September 2019. Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the coast throughout this area, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around Sandgate esplanade, Dover Marina and St Margaret’s Bay. The high tide is expected to coincide with some unsettled weather with strong winds and possible rain. Please be careful in areas along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths during the period of concern, and avoid any flood water. We will continue to monitor this situation, and have staff prepared to respond if needed. This message will be updated by 3pm on 29 September 2019, or as the situation changes. Detailed information for those who need it: the total water level for Dover is forecast to be 3.66mAOD at 12:00 on 29/09/19.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Sep 2019 07:28
English Channel, North Sea
This alert is being issued for the high tide at Dover at 2pm today, Monday 2nd September. High spring tides are expected to affect coastal areas from St Margaret's at Cliffe to Sandgate, including Dover and Folkestone. The tides will be at their highest between 1pm and 3pm today, Monday 2nd September. Flooding of low lying land, roads and footpaths close to the sea is possible at this time. No property flooding is expected. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads during the period of the highest tides today, between 1pm and 3pm, Monday 2nd September. You should remain aware of your local situation and take extra care in risk areas. We are closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. This message will be updated this afternoon, after the peak tide has passed. Detailed tidal information for those who use it: The forecast high tide level at Dover is 3.60mAOD at 2pm BST.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Sep 2019 07:38
English Channel, North Sea
A alert is being issued for the high tide at Dover at 1:15pm today, Sunday 1st September. High spring tides are expected to affect coastal areas from St Margaret's at Cliffe to Sandgate, including Dover and Folkestone. The tides will be at their highest between 12pm and 3pm today, Sunday 1st September. Flooding of low lying land, roads and footpaths close to the sea is possible at this time. No property flooding is expected. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads during the period of the highest tides today, between 12pm and 3pm, Sunday 1st September. You should remain aware of your local situation and take extra care in risk areas. We are closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. This message will be updated this afternoon Sunday 1st September, after the peak tide has passed. Detailed tidal information: The forecast high tide level at Dover is 3.66mAOD at 1:15pm BST.