The River Severn Flooding

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Location& Causes

  • The River Severn drainage basin covers an area of 5.3 million
  • Covers one third of the districk of Wales

Causes:

  • Groundwater flow
  • Heavy percipitation; wettest May to July in 250 years
  • Through flow
  • Impermable rock
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Impacts

Long Term:

55,000 business flooded

£3 billion insurance loses

People didn't have permanent homes for 3 months

Short Term:

Social: Roads were impassable, 140,000 homes= no piped water,health issues

Economical: Shops were destroyed and goods spoilt

Environmental: crops destroyed, sewerage becomes non controlled

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