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Case study for national flooding: UK storms winter 2013/2014
Large storms that affected most of the UK throughout the winter of 2013/2014
with several intense storms including heavy rain, strong winds, and storm surges
causing lots of damage.
Huge low pressure depressions in Atlantic causing intense rain and stormy
Spring tides intensified damage on coasts some tides reached 8.2m in height.
Storm surge caused by low pressure system over North Sea which funnelled
waves and high tides down the coast.
Coastal flooding was a huge danger. Several fatalities occurred and huge
levels of damage to property and transport.
On the Norfolk coast at Hemsby several homes fell into the sea overnight
as the storm surge caused lots of sudden erosion of the vulnerable sand
dunes which had few man made coastal defences.
Highest tides in 17 years
Mainly harbour villages that got affected as they are near deeper areas of
Thousands of homes left without power
Transport links severely affected by flood damage and signalling issues
caused by lightning strikes, with long delays on trains.
Flood warnings issued by environment agency. Over 30 severe flood
warnings issued in early January and over 230 flood warnings.
Operation Cobra was activated which is a system which deals with any
disaster in the UK and is very rarely activated. Dealt with planning and
prevention and improving flood warnings and defences.
Thames barrier closed 10 times during January 2014, usually it is closed 10
times during the whole year.