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The Winter of Storms and Floods



The winter of 2013-2014 was the wettest on record in the south and west of Britain, as a series of
fierce depresssions swept across the Atlantic on a more southerly track than usual. Our photographers braved the conditions to document the exceptionally wet and stormy weather that
battered Britain and the Atlantic coast of France between December 2013 and February 2014.



This gallery shows some of our in-depth coverage of the flooding in the Somerset Levels and the
Severn and Thames valleys, revealing the impact of floods on both people and the environment,
including the rescue efforts, pumping and flood defences. David Woodfall's dramatic aerial images
show the extent of the flooding in the Somerset Levels, where more than 40 square miles of land
were submerged, and the flooded towns of the Severn Valley.



Benoit Stichelbaut photographed storms Petra and Ruth hitting the coast of Brittany, while Mark Taylor's images show high seas on the Sussex coast and our East Anglian photographers experienced the impact of the storm surge in North Norfolk.


Rough seas at Nividic lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park, Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, M... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas at Nividic lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park, Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, M...
Foaming crashing wave at Birling Gap, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014. - Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Foaming crashing wave at Birling Gap, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
Waves breaking over lighthouse at Newhaven Harbour wall viewed from Seaford, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014. - Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Waves breaking over lighthouse at Newhaven Harbour wall viewed from Seaford, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
Waves breaking against sea wall and cliffs, Seaford, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014. - Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Waves breaking against sea wall and cliffs, Seaford, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
High powered water pumps, pumping water from January 2014  Somerset Levels flooding, England, UK, 11th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / High powered water pumps, pumping water from January 2014 Somerset Levels flooding, England, UK, 11th January 2014.
River Parrett in foreground with massive jets of water from emergency pumps taking water off surrounding flooded fields. Near the village of Burrowbridge, Somerset, UK. January 2014. - John Waters
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John Waters / River Parrett in foreground with massive jets of water from emergency pumps taking water off surrounding flooded fields. Near the village of Burrowbridge, Somerset, UK. January 2014.
Aerial view of River Parrett with clearly defined banks / levees , during January 2014 flooding, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Aerial view of River Parrett with clearly defined banks / levees , during January 2014 flooding, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014.
Part of Muchelney village with church and abbey, cut off by January 2014 flooding in Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Part of Muchelney village with church and abbey, cut off by January 2014 flooding in Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014.
Garden table and chairs with bird feeders in flooded garden from February 2014 River Severn flood , Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Garden table and chairs with bird feeders in flooded garden from February 2014 River Severn flood , Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK
Home flooded during January 2014 flooding, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Home flooded during January 2014 flooding, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014.
Tewkesbury Abbey surrounded with flooded town and meadows following February 2014 Severn Valley floods, Gloucestershire, England, UK, 7th February 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Tewkesbury Abbey surrounded with flooded town and meadows following February 2014 Severn Valley floods, Gloucestershire, England, UK, 7th February 2014.
Farm surrounded by extensive January 2014 floods in Somerset Levels, near Langport, England, UK, 9th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Farm surrounded by extensive January 2014 floods in Somerset Levels, near Langport, England, UK, 9th January 2014.
Van driving through floods in Somerset Levels January 2014 near Burrowbridge, England, UK, 11th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Van driving through floods in Somerset Levels January 2014 near Burrowbridge, England, UK, 11th January 2014.
Flooded Somerset Levels at sunset, looking west from Burrows Mump during January 2014 floods, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 11th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Flooded Somerset Levels at sunset, looking west from Burrows Mump during January 2014 floods, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 11th January 2014.
Farm gate reflected in waters of January 2014 floods, West Sedgemoor RSPB Nature Reserve, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 11th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Farm gate reflected in waters of January 2014 floods, West Sedgemoor RSPB Nature Reserve, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 11th January 2014.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) pair in flooded agricultural land adjacent to River Severn, 10th February 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) pair in flooded agricultural land adjacent to River Severn, 10th February 2014.
Couple in kayak during January 2014 flooding, North Curry, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 10th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Couple in kayak during January 2014 flooding, North Curry, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 10th January 2014.
Rescue workers entering property with inflatable raft to check on home owners,  during February 2014 flooding, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK, 9th February 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Rescue workers entering property with inflatable raft to check on home owners, during February 2014 flooding, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK, 9th February 2014.
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) swimming in flooded petrol station during February 2014 floods, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK, 8th February 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) swimming in flooded petrol station during February 2014 floods, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK, 8th February 2014.
Petrol station flooded during the February 2014 floods, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK, 9th February 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Petrol station flooded during the February 2014 floods, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK, 9th February 2014.
Car park flooded by River Wey, with cars almost completely submerged during Christmas 2013 flooding, Guildford. Surrey, England, UK. 25th December 2013. - Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Car park flooded by River Wey, with cars almost completely submerged during Christmas 2013 flooding, Guildford. Surrey, England, UK. 25th December 2013.
Guildford town centre, flooded by River Wey at night, during Christmas flooding 2013. Surrey, England, UK, 25th December 2013. - Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Guildford town centre, flooded by River Wey at night, during Christmas flooding 2013. Surrey, England, UK, 25th December 2013.
Flooded Datchet railway station at night, Berkshire, England, UK, 11th February 2014. - Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Flooded Datchet railway station at night, Berkshire, England, UK, 11th February 2014.
Car stranded in February 2014 floods from the River Thames, Sunbury on Thames, Surrey, England, UK, 15th February 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Car stranded in February 2014 floods from the River Thames, Sunbury on Thames, Surrey, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
Thames Path sign and Chertsey Bridge during February 2014 flooding, Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK, 16th February 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Thames Path sign and Chertsey Bridge during February 2014 flooding, Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK, 16th February 2014.
Boat tethered outside flooded home in February 2014 floods of River Thames, Wraysbury, Surrey, England, UK. 16th February 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Boat tethered outside flooded home in February 2014 floods of River Thames, Wraysbury, Surrey, England, UK. 16th February 2014.
Army and police in flooded street after February 2014 flooding, helping to provide support for the residents and supplying sand bags, Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK, 16th February 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Army and police in flooded street after February 2014 flooding, helping to provide support for the residents and supplying sand bags, Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK, 16th February 2014.
Rough seas during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park, Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, Iles du P... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park, Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, Iles du P...
Rough seas at Nividic lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere,... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas at Nividic lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere,...
Massive wave crashing into Lesconil during Storm 'Petra', Finistere, Brittany, France. 5th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, Lesconil, Tempete ^Petra^, le 5 fevrier 2014. - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Massive wave crashing into Lesconil during Storm 'Petra', Finistere, Brittany, France. 5th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, Lesconil, Tempete ^Petra^, le 5 fevrier 2014.
Stormy seas at the Pierres Noires lighthouse, Le Conquet, Armorique Regional Park. Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, parc naturel regi... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Stormy seas at the Pierres Noires lighthouse, Le Conquet, Armorique Regional Park. Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, parc naturel regi...
Rough seas at Pierres-Noires lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Le Conquet, Armorique Regional Park, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas at Pierres-Noires lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Le Conquet, Armorique Regional Park, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise...
Rough seas at d'Ar-Men lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Ile de Sein, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, M... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas at d'Ar-Men lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Ile de Sein, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, M...
Rough seas during Storm 'Ruth', Ile de Sein, Armorique Regional Park, Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, Iles du Po... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas during Storm 'Ruth', Ile de Sein, Armorique Regional Park, Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, Iles du Po...
Rough seas during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, Iles du P... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, Iles du P...
Rough seas during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, Iles du... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer d'Iroise, Iles du...
Rough seas at d'Ar-Men lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Ile de Sein, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer... - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas at d'Ar-Men lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Ile de Sein, Armorique Regional Park. Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, Mer...
Large waves crash into Le Guilvinec during Storm 'Petra', Finistere, Brittany, France. 5th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Le Guilvinec, Tempete ^Petra^, le 5 fevrier 2014. - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Large waves crash into Le Guilvinec during Storm 'Petra', Finistere, Brittany, France. 5th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Le Guilvinec, Tempete ^Petra^, le 5 fevrier 2014.
Waves crash into Saint-Guenole during Storm 'Petra', Finistere, Brittany, France. 5th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Saint-Guenole, Tempete ^Petra^, le 5 fevrier 2014. - Benoit  Stichelbaut
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Benoit Stichelbaut / Waves crash into Saint-Guenole during Storm 'Petra', Finistere, Brittany, France. 5th February 2014.~~France, Bretagne, Finistere, Saint-Guenole, Tempete ^Petra^, le 5 fevrier 2014.
Waves crashing against chalk cliffs, with houses close to edge of cliffs, during a winter storm at Birling Gap, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014. - Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Waves crashing against chalk cliffs, with houses close to edge of cliffs, during a winter storm at Birling Gap, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
Waves breaking against sea wall and cliffs, Seaford, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014. - Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Waves breaking against sea wall and cliffs, Seaford, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
Waves crashing beach with chalk cliffs during a winter storm at Birling Gap, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014. - Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Waves crashing beach with chalk cliffs during a winter storm at Birling Gap, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
Tidal surge at Sheringham, Norfolk, England, UK, 6th December 2013 - Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Tidal surge at Sheringham, Norfolk, England, UK, 6th December 2013
View towards Cley, with flooding in the foreground caused by the 6th December east coast tidal surge in the foreground, Cley marshes NWT reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, December 2013. - Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / View towards Cley, with flooding in the foreground caused by the 6th December east coast tidal surge in the foreground, Cley marshes NWT reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, December 2013.
View towards St Nicholas Church, with flooded grazing marsh and breached shingle coastal defense after the 6 December east coast tidal surge in the background, Salthouse, Norfolk, England, UK, Decembe... - Gary  K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / View towards St Nicholas Church, with flooded grazing marsh and breached shingle coastal defense after the 6 December east coast tidal surge in the background, Salthouse, Norfolk, England, UK, Decembe...
View towards St Nicholas Church, with flooded grazing marsh and breached shingle coastal defense after the 6th December east coast tidal surge in the background, Salthouse, Norfolk, England, UK, Decem... - Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / View towards St Nicholas Church, with flooded grazing marsh and breached shingle coastal defense after the 6th December east coast tidal surge in the background, Salthouse, Norfolk, England, UK, Decem...
Agricultural land on the Somerset Levels during January 2014 floods, with pollarded willows and poplar trees, West Sedgemoor RSPB Reserve, England, UK, 9th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Agricultural land on the Somerset Levels during January 2014 floods, with pollarded willows and poplar trees, West Sedgemoor RSPB Reserve, England, UK, 9th January 2014.
River Parrett with levees and fields during January 2014 flood, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / River Parrett with levees and fields during January 2014 flood, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014.
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