The North Sea flood of 2007
was a storm tide of the North Sea
affecting the coastlines of the Netherlands
, the United Kingdom
, starting on the night of 8–9 November 2007.
In combination with a high tide
, the tidal level was expected to exceed above normal sea levels. The flood and waves were expected to overwhelm sea defences and cause extensive flooding
; in particular, the coasts of Norfolk
. However, in the event, the storm surge was less than forecast, and damage was relatively minor.
Flood warnings were issued for the east coast of Britain
and the entire Dutch coast. The Maeslantkering
in the port city of Rotterdam
was closed for the first time since its construction in 1997. Denmark and Germany issued severe gale
warnings for winds gusts up to , and the Scottish
islands of Orkney
expected winds gusts up to . Oil platforms
off the coast of Norway were also closed for the duration of the storm.
One other consequence of the storm was a record influx of Little Auks
(a small Arctic seabird
) into the North Sea, with a count of 18,371 from the Farne Islands
on 9 November as they returned north, nearly double the previous record count, then further counts there of 7,143 on 10 November and 28,803 on 11 November.