Boscastle 2004 Flooding

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  • Boscastle 2004 Flooding
    • Aug 16, 2004
    • Boscastle, Cornwall, South England
    • Causes
      • Human
        • Impermeable areas of slate (buildings constructed) on floodplain + confluence of River Jordan + Valency
          • Minimal vegetation restricts maximum absorption of water, high surface run-off
    • Effects
      • Tourism
        • 75 cars swept into sea
          • 4 properties swept away
        • £25mlost from lack of tourism in following 8-12 weeks
        • 90% of Boscastle economy dependent on tourism
          • 2/3 earned during school holiday (when the flood struck)
        • Boscastle business can claim insurance min. £15mfor 'disruption to trading'
          • Cornwall businesses disrupted by lack of touristsin Boscastle cannot claim
          • 1m+ tourists into North Cornwall annually, contributing £225m to Cornwall economy
        • 20 hotels + inns hsut down
      • Emergency
        • Only 2 helicoptes at a time (steep valleys)roads blocked.
        • River + sea water contaminated by sewage from 300m blocked pipes
        • Tourists packed into hotels and guesthouses
        • 10 days for locals to be allowed back into housing
          • Floodedby 6m of mud and water on average
  • Physical
    • Causes
      • Human
        • Impermeable areas of slate (buildings constructed) on floodplain + confluence of River Jordan + Valency
          • Minimal vegetation restricts maximum absorption of water, high surface run-off
  • Narrow river channels
    • Physical

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