Flooding Case Study - Carlisle, England - 8th January 2005

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  • Flooding - Carlisle, England - 8th January 2005
    • Primary effects
      • 3 deaths
      • Around 300 people were made homeless
      • 4 schools were severely flooded
      • 350 businesses were shut down
      • 70000 addresses lost power
      • Some roads and bridges were damaged
      • Rivers were polluted with rubbish and sewage
    • Secondary effects
      • Children lost out on education - one school was closed for months
      • Stress - related illnesses increased after the floods
      • Around 3000 jobs were at risk in businesses affected by floods
    • Immediate Responese
      • People were evacuated from areas that flooded
      • Reception centers were opened around Carlisle to provide food and drinks for evacuees
      • Temporary accommodati-on was set up for the people made homeless
    • Long-term responses
      • Community groups were set up to provide emotional support and to give practical help to people who were affected by the floods
      • A flood defence system scheme has been set up to improve flood defences, e.g. build up banks on the River Eden to prevent flooding


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