MEDC Case Study: flooding Cumbria 2009

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  • MEDC Case Study: flooding Cumbria 2009
    • Physical effects
      • Heavy rainfall fell over 24 hours
        • 32 cm of rain
      • Antecedent rainfall (previous rain) meant ground was still saturated
        • More surface area
    • Human factor
      • Building on flood plain increases the area of impermeable surfaces
        • Increasing surface run off
    • Effects
      • The average cost of damage was £28,000 per house
      • 4 bridges collapsed and 12 were closed
    • Responses
      • Government provided £1 million to help clean up
      • The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund reached £1 million after 10 days
      • Opened up temporary rail stations in Workington
      • Army built a temporary foot bridge
  • Compacts the soil and encourages surface run off
    • 32 cm of rain
  • The west coast is wetter
    • recieves moist air
      • precipitation
    • Physical effects
      • Heavy rainfall fell over 24 hours
        • Antecedent rainfall (previous rain) meant ground was still saturated
          • More surface area
    • Destruction of natural environments
      • Human factor
        • Building on flood plain increases the area of impermeable surfaces
          • Increasing surface run off
    • 1300 homes flooded with sewage
      • Effects
        • The average cost of damage was £28,000 per house
        • 4 bridges collapsed and 12 were closed
    • Businesses flooded this caused long term difficulties for their local economy
      • Government provided £1 million to help clean up

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