Boscastle Flood 2004

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  • Effects and Responses to flood in a MEDC - Boscastle, August 2004
    • Situated in the North of Cornwall in the South of England
    • Causes
      • Nature
        • Heavy rain - 8 inches in 8 hours
        • Impermeable granite rock
        • Steep hills
        • River Jordan and Valency meeting
      • Humans
        • Deforestation
        • River channel blocked
    • Effects
      • Economic
        • 25 business properties destroyed
        • Shop closures during repairs
      • Social
        • 58 houses destroyed
    • Responses
      • Short term
        • People put up in temporary accommodation
          • Evacuation
        • Rescue helicopters sent in and saved 150 people
          • Sand bags put down
            • People donated to Red Cross Appeal
        • People worked together
        • Panic
      • Long term
        • Debris and silt was cleared from buildings (1850 tonnes)
        • Water, sewage systems and telephone lines restored
        • Damaged roads and bridges restored
          • River banks and flood walls raised
        • Relief channel made bigger and deeper
        • £4.5million scheme to improve flood defences
        • Bypass channel dug to take excess flood water
          • "Wateroverflow pipes"
            • 1000 trees planted (afforestation)

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