Flooding of Carlisle

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  • Flooding of Carlisle, Cumbria, 2005
    • Causes
      • Physical  factors
        • Heavy rainfall for 36 hours on Jan 6th. 200mm Rainfall recorded (equivalent of 4 months)
        • Rain fell on already saturated ground
        • Steep sided basin
        • High peak discharge of 1520 cumecs compared to the average of 52.
    • Impacts
      • Social
        • Three people died
        • Over 3000 made homeless for up to a year
        • 4 schools severely flooded
        • Increase in stress related illnesses following the floods
      • Environmental
        • Flooding increased river bank erosion
      • Economic
        • Repairs cost over £100 million
        • 350 businesses had to shut down as there was no electricity, telephone or transport
        • 70,000 addresses had no power
        • 80 buses destroyed (most of the public transport fleet)
        • 33 employees lost their Jobs at united biscuits, the largest employer in Carlisle as it was flooded with 3m of water

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