1607 flood in Wales and England studied by scientists at Newport forum

One of the worst natural disasters to ever hit Great Britain occurred 400 years ago last month. On January 30, 1607, a storm flooded over 200 square miles of south Wales and southwest England. Now a risk management company is looking at the modern costs of recovery from such a storm.

Recalculated for today, the flood would have cost a staggering UKĀ£13 billion, according to weather and tsunami experts at a recent forum in Newport, Wales.

Dr Claire Souch, director of model management at Risk Management Solutions, said, "We've run a variety of simulations of a storm surge coming up the Bristol Channel today and in the worst case scenario the flood heights would be so high, they would over-top existing defences and cause flooding over an extremely large area."