Case Studies 10 & 11: River Severn processes and landforms

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  • Case Studies 10 & 11: River Severn processes and landforms
    • SHORT-TERM IMPACTS
      • 10k people stranded on M5
      • Bridge collapsed in Ludlow
      • Crops destroyed in flooded fields
      • 40k households without electricity
      • Water treatment plant in Tewkesbury flooded
      • 350k households without tap water
      • Schools & businesses closed
    • LONG TERM IMPACTS
      • People had to stay with relatives / in hotels / in caravans
      • Businesses lost orders; goods damaged
      • Pupils taught in temporary classrooms
      • Farmers lost crops (£11m)
      • Insurance claims totaled £3 bill
      • Repair work finished in 2008
    • CAUSES
      • PHYSICAL CAUSES
        • Slow moving depression causing record- breaking rainfall btwn June and July
        • Several depressions caused by jet stream position
        • Depressions caused by warm rising air in North Atlantic
      • HUMAN CAUSES
        • Urban growth on floodplains causing water to fall into drains
        • Field drains dug to improve farmland in Wales
    • FLOOD MANAGEMENT IN SHREWSBURY
      • Series of floods in River Severn over 10yr period prompted flood defenses
      • Flood defenses included embankments, flood walls and flood barriers
      • Car parks built as safe zone during flood event
      • Rivers flow naturally to outside towns

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