Boscastle Floods 2004 Case Study

Flooding case study of the Boscastle Floods in August 2004.  Including causes, effects, response to the event and the management following.  Figures included.

HideShow resource information
Preview of Boscastle Floods 2004 Case Study

First 188 words of the document:

Boscastle Floods, 2004
Location: Boscastle & Crackington Haven, Cornwall, South West England, UK
Date: Monday 16th August, 2004
General Info: Village and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall. 2 tributaries confluence
there the river Jordan and Valency. The town is a popular tourist destination.
· Steep valley sides & saturated ground ­ increased runoff, decreased lag time
· 185mm fell inland of Boscastle
· 24.1mm fell in 15 mins (Lesnewth)
· 89mm fell in 60 mins (Boscastle)
· 2m river level rise in 2hrs
· Farming ­ arable, down contours
· Sewage
· Tree/hedge reduction
Economic Social Environmental
£20mn insurance paid out 100 homes & businesses Trees uprooted
£2mn infrastructure damage 75 cars, 5 caravans, 6 Habitats destroyed
buildings & several boats
washed into sea
Decrease in tourism 150 people required rescue
· Buildings searched
· Cars rescued
· Trees removed
· Roads cleared
· Water & food supply restored
· Power system restored
· Flood defences strongly improved
· Boscastle rebuilt
· Sewage treatment scheme, work on underground pumping stations

Other pages in this set

Page 2

Preview of page 2

Here's a taster:

River channel widened & lowered
· Car park level raised, reduces risk of cars washing away…read more


No comments have yet been made

Similar Geography resources:

See all Geography resources »See all resources »